NYPD shooting victims: 'Targeted for their uniform' – 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.

One just joined the force two years ago and got married two months ago. The other had just celebrated his 40th birthday.

A gunman killed two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car Saturday and then turned his weapon on himself, the New York Times reported. Justin Mitchell reports. Video provided by Reuters Newslook

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00:01 A chaotic scene in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn. As police pull
00:05 a dead men from inside a subway station. In a still
00:12 developing story the man reportedly shot to NYPD officers dead in
00:16 an ambush attack. And then fled into the subway where he
00:19 took his own life. Reports indicate the men approached the officers
00:25 patrol car and opened fire from the passenger’s side. No word
00:29 on a motive for the names of anyone involved authorities are
00:32 still struggling to find out what happened. Are.

New York City and the USA as a whole are mourning the deaths of police officers Wenjian Liu and Raphael Ramos, shot dead Saturday in their patrol car a Brooklyn neighborhood.

Liu was a two-year veteran of the force with a new wife. Ramos had just marked his 40th birthday with his wife and their teenage son earlier this month.

“They were, quite simply, assassinated, targeted for their uniform and the responsibility they embraced,” an obviously shaken New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said at an evening press conference. “Both were ambushed and murdered.”

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Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio met with the officers’ families shortly after the two were gunned down Saturday afternoon.

“With other public servants and leads of this police department, we prayed over the bodies of these two officers,” de Blasio said. “I ask that all New Yorkers pray for them, pray for their families. It’s a moment of terrible loss and it’s a moment when we must all come together to support these families, support healing, and to be thankful that there are heroes among us, like Officer Ramos and Officer Liu.”

De Blasio and police officers have clashed in recent weeks over what officers see as the mayor’s lack of support for their work. Many officers took offense when de Blasio said it was a “very painful day” for many New Yorkers when a grand jury declined to indict the officer who put Eric Garner into a fatal chokehold, and when the mayor also said racial profiling is a problem among officers.

The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has been distributing a letter for members who want DiBlasio to stay away from their funeral if they’re killed. The association says many politicians have engaged in “police bashing” and failed to properly support officers.

On Twitter, the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association said “the blood of 2 executed police officers is on the hands of Mayor de Blasio. May God bless their families and may they rest in peace.”

The blood of 2 executed police officers is on the hands of Mayor de Blasio. May God bless their families and may they rest in peace.

— SBA (@SBANYPD) December 21, 2014

Bratton said Liu and Ramos knew the risk they were taking in putting on their uniforms — the very uniforms that made them a target for Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who police named as the attacker.

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“There is no more emotional time in the life of a police officer, in policing, than when a death occurs. A death of this nature, an assassination — it’s unlike any other type of emotion. It’s hard to deal with, hard to get your arms around,” Bratton said. “It’s going to be a tough time for the men and women of this department … but they will go out and do what we expect of them. That’s what cops do. And it’s not easy.”

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