Two police officers in Brooklyn, in the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, were killed on Saturday afternoon by Baltimore gang member Ismaaiyl Brinsley. Brinsley had belonged to the gang called Black Guerrilla Family, and he boasted about wanting to kill cops. The gang reportedly wanted to get retribution for the police killings of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, of New York City, who died after being placed in a chokehold by a police officer, by killing cops. News of this was reported by the Guardian Liberty Voice and other sources as it was breaking.
Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who drove to Brooklyn from Baltimore, allegedly walked up to the police car where both of the NYPD cops were, ambushing them. He reportedly then fired several rounds into the vehicle, shooting both of the police officers in their heads. They did not have a chance to act.
Hours before Brinsley allegedly shot and killed the two police officers in Brooklyn, he had also shot his girlfriend and had posted on Intagram that he was going to be “Putting Wings On Pigs Today.” He added that for every “1 of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.” Brinsley used hashtags referencing both Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
On his Facebook page, Brinsley had written the ominous words “My Past Is Stalking Me and My Present Is Haunting Me.”
Brinsley reportedly ambushed the two NYPD cops in the proximity of Myrtle and Willoughby Avenues in Brooklyn. Following the alleged shooting of the cops, Brinsley was chased by other police officers as he sprinted towards a subway station. Inside the subway station, Ismaaiyl Brinsley reportedly took his own life by shooting himself in the head.
People on the scene attempted to save the lives of the officers by pulling them out of the patrol car. The policemen were transported to Woodhull Hospital where they died of their injuries.
A witness reported seeing paramedics trying to perform CPR on Brinsley, but they were unsuccessful. Brinsley’s girlfriend was allegedly shot by him in her stomach earlier in the day. She is expected to recover from her injuries.
National outrage and protest marches ensued after the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, who was shot by police officer Darren Wilson, and Eric Garner, who was placed in a chokehold by NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo. Separate grand juries did not indict either of the police officers. Brinsley reportedly decided to take revenge into his own hands for what he considered to be a failure of the judicial system by killing the two NYPD cops.
Eric Garner was approached by police officers and stopped for allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. In the now famous video of the attempted arrest of Garner, he did not appear to be physically resisting the police, though he looked reluctant to do as they asked him to do. He was reportedly placed in the chokehold, which is banned by the NYPD, for just around 20 seconds, but that was enough to contribute to his death. The other officers did not respond to help him when Garner kept saying “I can’t breath!”
Police officers in tactical gear cordoned off a three-block area around the area where the shooting of the two police officers took place in the Bedford-Stuyvesant of Brooklyn. Also, police officers were reportedly stationed on rooftops, on the lookout in case any further violence had been planned to occur in the area.
Prior to Saturday, the last police officer who was shot and killed in New York City was in December 2011. That was when Officer Peter Figoski, who had served on the police force for 22 years, was shot in the face by a suspect hiding in a room of a Brooklyn apartment. Lamont Pride, the suspect, was later convicted of murder. He is serving a sentence of 45 years to life.
Baltimore gang member, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who had boasted of wanting to kill cops, unfortunately succeeded in carrying out his boasts by shooting and killing two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday. Brinsley then, allegedly, took his own life by shooting himself in his head.
Written By Douglas Cobb
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