WILLIAM BRANGHAM (NewsHour): Mourners gathered today at the scene of last night’s killing of the two New York City police officers. And residents last night expressed shock and anger.
WOMAN: At the end of the day, two families is missing somebody for the holidays, and its wrong!
MAN: What are we? We living in Dodge City or something like that? It doesn’t happen like this. Who does this?
WILLIAM BRANGHAM [narration]: Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot at point blank range, sitting in their patrol car Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn.
NEW YORK CITY MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO: Today is a sad day…
WILLIAM BRANGHAM [narration]: The suspect — 28 year old Ismaaiyl Brinsley — fled to a nearby subway station and shot himself fatally in the head. Earlier yesterday, Brinsley — who had a long criminal history — shot and wounded his girlfriend in this housing complex outside Baltimore before traveling to New York. He then posted a photo on Instagram of the gun he would later use to kill the officers, indicating the shooting would be revenge for the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown — two black men killed by white police officers this year. He wrote “They Take 1 of Ours… We Take 2 of Theirs. Shoot the police”
The killing of Brown and Garner — and the decisions by grand juries not to indict the officers involved — led to nationwide demonstrations, and in New York — led to a public fallout between New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and the police union. After the Garner grand jury decision earlier this month, De Blasio said he’d been warning his mixed race son Dontae to be wary of the quote “dangers” he might face in interactions with police.
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