A tragedy has unfolded in the New York PD. Brinsley, a man with a string of arrests behind him, shot two Police Officers execution style, after shooting his girlfriend in Maryland and fleeing the scene. It was from his girlfriend’s Instagram accounts that he threatened to carry out the killings of New York Police Officers without any remorse, in the name of Eric Garner.
The two NYPD officers slain in Brooklyn on Dec. 20: Wenjian Liu, left, and Raphael Ramos. (AP Photo/New York Police)
Eric Garner’s family are shocked by the occurrence and in no way condoning the violent act by releasing a statement through their attorney. ‘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.’
It is one thing to protest in the name of justice and rally together as a community and quite the other to take into your hands, a callous act under false pretense; using a well-known social issue in vain. Brinsley was seen fleeing the squad car after the killings, before turning his gun onto himself in the subway, fatally shooting himself in the head.
This also comes at a time when the police department is locked into arguments with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of the treatment of officers after a statement he issued about the protests and police relations with minorities being strained.
At a press conference addressing the deaths of the two New York Police Officers he stated, ‘I don’t think it’s the time for politics or political analysis,” he said. ‘It’s a time to think about families that just lost their father, their husband, their son.’