Eric Garner's family pleads for calm after NYC tragedy – USA TODAY

Two NYPD officers were shot and killed on Saturday afternoon, in what NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton called “execution-style.” The suspect, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, was later found shot to death in a nearby subway station. VPC

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00:02 To new York city police officers were shot and killed
00:04 in their park patrol car on Saturday afternoon. According to new
00:08 York city police commissioner William. According to Britain the attacker approached
00:15 the officer’s vehicle from the passenger’s side and opened fire. The
00:18 policeman way engine blew and Rafael Ramos did not have time
00:22 to draw their weapons. The suspect identified as Ismail Brinkley then
00:27 fled to a nearby subway station where he was found dead
00:30 of a self inflicted gunshot wound. While police are still searching
00:34 for a motive Brent revealed it earlier on Saturday briefly shot
00:38 and injured his former girlfriend. Police plan to search his social
00:42 media for more information many people took to Twitter to express
00:45 their condolences to the families of the victims New York senator
00:48 Chuck Schumer tweeted we cannot tolerate such attacks on New York’s
00:51 finest. While Al Sharpton joined in by offering condolences to the
00:55 family. This shooting comes at a time when police across the
00:59 nation are being criticized for their tactics following widely publicized deaths
01:03 of unarmed black man. Including the choke hold death of Eric
01:07 garner in New York City that criticism has sparked protests throughout
01:10 the country. While most of them especially those in New York
01:14 have been peaceful. The NYPD remains alert New York mayor bill
01:18 to blunt he has said that this particular attack was an
01:21 attack on all New Yorkers. But the Lazio’s relationship with certain
01:25 police officers has been rocky recently over what they see is
01:28 his lack of support. A major new York city police union
01:32 the sergeants benevolent association went so far as to blame the
01:35 mayor for the shootings. Tweeting the blood of two executed police
01:39 officers. Is on the hands of Mir diplomacy. The last time
01:43 in NYPD officer was shot to death in the line of
01:46 duty was back in 2011.

NEW YORK — The family of Eric Garner offered condolences Sunday to the families of two police officers fatally shot the day before in Brooklyn and pleaded for protesters not to commit violence in Garner’s name.

Police said Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, shot the officers and then himself. Brinsley wrote on an Instagram account before the shootings: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs.” He used the hashtags #Shootthepolice, #RIPErivGardner (sic), and #RIPMikeBrown.

Garner died in July after being placed in a chokehold by an NYPD officer. A New York grand jury this month declined to indict the officer. That decision and a grand jury decision in Missouri not to indict a police officer who shot Michael Brown set off waves of sometimes violent protests across the nation.

“Anyone who is standing with us, we want you to not use Eric Garner’s name for violence because we are not about that,” Gwen Carr, Garner’s mother, said at a Harlem press conference with civil rights leader Al Sharpton. “These two (NYPD) police officers lost their lives senselessly. Our condolences to the families — and we stand with the families.”

Esaw Garner, Eric Garner’s widow, said she understands the suffering of the two officers’ families after having lost her husband.

“I just want to express my condolences and heartfelt sadness for these two officers and their families,” she said. “I know what they are going through to lose a loved one right before the holidays. It’s so sad.”

She also made a plea for demonstrations to remain peaceful.

“Please protest in non-violent ways,” she said Sunday. “My husband was not a violent man, so we don’t want any violence connected to his name.”

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Sharpton called comments blaming the shootings on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and protesters “irresponsible” and “reckless.”

“To blame the mayor and others is not what we need,” he said. “The blame game will only lead to further kinds of venom and further division.”

Meanwhile, Sharpton said he has contacted the FBI after receiving several threats following the shooting. He said he began receiving threatening phone calls Saturday night. Many called him the n-word, told him to stop killing innocent people, and said “I’m going to get you.”

“We are now under intense threat from those who are misguided by those who are trying to blame everyone from civil rights leaders to the mayor rather than deal with an ugly spirit that all of us need to fight,” Sharpton said.

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