Two NYPD officers were killed & President Obama condemned the action.
From his vacation in Hawaii, President Obama said in a statement, “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 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.”
Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot and killed Saturday afternoon while they were sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn, NY’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. The gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, shot the officers then fled to a nearby subway station and shot and killed himself.
It is reported that Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot his girlfriend in Owings Mills, Md. then traveled to NY by bus with intentions of executing cops in retaliation for Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Both were killed by police officers. Officers were not indicted in both cases. The killings ignited protests around the nation and went global with a cry for justice.