NYC mourns officers as rift widens between union, mayor – 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 nation’s largest city was mourning the execution-style murder of two police officers Sunday as controversy flared between Mayor Bill de Blasio and his police union.

Police said Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, walked up to a patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday and fatally shot officers Wenjian Liu, a seven-year veteran of the force, and Rafael Ramos, who joined in 2012. Other officers pursued Brinsley to a nearby subway station where he apparently committed suicide, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

“When a police officer is murdered, it tears at the foundation of our society. It is an attack on all of us,” de Blasio said.

But as the mayor and his entourage on Saturday walked through Woodhull Hospital, where the officers had been pronounced dead, dozens of police officers literally turned their backs on the de Blasio as he passed.

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De Blasio and Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch have been at odds since a New York grand jury earlier this month declined to indict an officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man, Eric Garner. Lynch accused de Blasio of failing to support officers and suggested that the mayor would not be welcome at funerals for police officers should they die on the job.

“That blood on the hands starts at the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor,” Lynch said Saturday. “After the funerals, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable.”

The shooting comes at a time when police across the USA are being criticized for their tactics following widely publicized deaths of unarmed black men. A week before the Garner decision, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. Those cases kicked off ongoing demonstrations across the nation.

Brinsley, 28, wrote on an Instagram account before Saturday’s shootings: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs,” two city officials with direct knowledge of the case confirmed for The Associated Press. He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown.

Police say Brinsley went to the home of a former girlfriend in a Baltimore suburb and shot and wounded her. Baltimore police said they send a warning to the NYPD after discovering that Brinsley posted threats to kill New York officers from the woman’s Instagram account. New York City police got word of the threat moments too late, Bratton said.

“They were, quite simply, assassinated, targeted for their uniform and the responsibility they embraced,” Bratton said.

Bratton said the attacker approached the officers’ vehicle from the passenger side and opened fire, shooting his weapon several times. The officers “never had an opportunity to draw their weapons” and were “killed with no warning, no provocation,” he said.

The shooting took place around 3 p.m. in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn. Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Derrick McKie said he was coming out of a restaurant about a block from the scene when he heard four or five gunshots. He saw police cars speeding and rushed to the commotion. McKie said he saw one officer being carried into an ambulance in a stretcher.

“He was lifeless — he wasn’t moving,” said McKie, 49. “Blood covered his face.”

“It was very chaotic, police scrambling,” he added.

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Eddie Perez stood outside the police tape Satufday, taking pictures of the distant investigation scene with his phone. He grew up in the housing projects adjacent to the shooting scene and said he had never seen the neighborhood as it was on Saturday night.

“It looks like a war zone — disgusting,” said Perez, 61, who now lives in the Bergen Beach section of Brooklyn. “It’s just senseless.”

President Obama said in a statement issued while he’s vacationing in Hawaii: “I unconditionally condemn today’s murder of two police officers in New York City. Two brave men won’t be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification.

“The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day — and they deserve our respect and our gratitude every single day.

“Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal — prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.”

In a statement and series of tweets, Rev. Al Sharpton condemned the violence. Sharpton and his National Action Network have been prominent voices in calling for police reform following the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York.

“I am outraged at the killing of 2 police officers in Brooklyn. That is why we stress non-violence as the only way to fight for justice,” he tweeted Saturday evening. “An eye for an (eye) leaves the whole world blind. We all at NAN express our prayers and condolences to the families of the 2 NYC officers.”

Benjamin Crump, lawyer for the Brown family, released a statement late Saturday.

“The family of Michael Brown condemns today’s senseless killing of two NYPD officers.We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot be tolerated. We must work together to bring peace to our communities.Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers’ families during this incredibly difficult time.”

Contributing: Katharine Lackey, USA TODAY; Associated Press

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