Two New York City Police officers lost their lives to a senseless act of violence Saturday afternoon.
Wenjian Liu and Rafel Ramos, were sitting in a marked police vehicle around 3 p.m, in Brooklyn, NY, when they were both shot in the head.
The killer, Ismaayil Brinkley shot the officers execution-style with no warning. Several news outlets are reporting the shooting was premeditated. Reportedly, Brinkley instagramed a photo of a gun with the caption “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs today. They take 1 of ours…Let’s take 2 of theirs.” Apparently, he shot the cops in response to the death of Eric Gardener and Mike Brown.
In a statement, Mike Brown’s family condemned the shooting.
“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,” read the statement from the family. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers’ families during this incredibly difficult time.”
After shooting the police officers, Brinkley ran into the subway where he shot himself in the head on the platform. Police also believe Ismaayil shot and killed his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day.
According to police officers, Brinkley had a long criminal record, including multiple arrests for robbery and assault.
Yesterday, we reported police supporters wore “I can Breathe” t-shirts to a protest. Now, we report this. It’s truly sad to hear that we are not finding peaceful and meaningful ways to fix the problems in our nation. Our prayers are not only with the family of #MikeBrown #EricGardener #TroyDavis #Seanbell #JordanDavis #TrayvonMartin #EmmettTill but also the family of the police officers.