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U.S. officers shot a Canadian man who walked toward a border inspection booth waving a handgun early Sunday.

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‘It’s wrong’: Shock, frustration surround shootings of NYPD officers


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WILLIAM BRANGHAM: 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.


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.

NEW YORK CITY MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO: Charlane and i have had to talk to dontae for years about the dangers he might face…

That prompted New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association head Patrick Lynch to say police had been “thrown under the bus” by the Mayor. And Lynch tried to get De Blasio barred from attending police funerals. Last night, following the killing of the two officers, Lynch said protestors and public officials had quote “blood on their hands”

PATRICK LYNCH: That blood on the hands starts on the steps of city hall in the office of the mayor.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM [narration]: Last night, when Mayor De Blasio went to the hospital where the officers had been taken, police officers turned their back on him.

Late this afternoon, the NYPD’s Chief of Detectives, Robert Boyce, knocked down published reports that Brinsley may have had ties to a militant prison gang, but said he’d made anti-government statements on social media.

ROBERT BOYCE: There is one where he burns a flag and made some statements. There’s others with talks of anger for the police. He specifically mentions Michael Brown and Eric Garner…. Right now we have no gang affiliation at all attributed to this man. He has no tattoos to suggest anything of it and he has no religious statements that we found on Instagram at all. None whatsoever.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM [narration]: Boyce also offered a glimpse of brinsley’s upbringing and mental state.

ROBERT BOYCE: He had a very troubled childhood and was often violent. Mother expressed fear of him and she says she hasn’t seen him in one month. Brisley attempted suicide in the past and attempted to hang himself a year ago.

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NYPD officer killings expose rift between police and mayor

Two Cops Shot And Killed Execution Style In Brooklyn

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HARI SREENIVASAN:  For the latest about the murder of those two New York City police officers, we’re joined now by Pervaiz Shallwani.  He’s the criminal justice reporter for The Wall Street Journal.
So, what are the cops that you’re talking to saying right now?

PERVAIZ SHALLWANI:  The top brass at the police department are telling officers, you know, that they need to do their jobs and not to take to social media, and to, you know — and to mourn in peace.
But there are unions out there who are expressing, you know, a very different sentiment.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  So, the police department’s union, or a couple of them actually even went out of their way to say, don’t make arrests unless absolutely necessary, and don’t go out and respond to any crime unless you have got backup with another car.

PERVAIZ SHALLWANI:  There has been some rumor.  That hasn’t come out, you know, as an official statement, but there has been sort of behind-the-scenes rumblings about that.


And so — but we have also seen former officials, the former Mayor Rudy Giuliani that we quoted earlier in the story, but also the former governor of New York, Governor Pataki, really laying the blame squarely on the mayor’s office and all of the protesters.


There have been — definitely been some dissenting voices, what — political, as well as former NYPD, telling — saying that this is — this is becoming a rift between the mayor’s office and the police department.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  And how about the connections to what happened in Baltimore?

PERVAIZ SHALLWANI:  At this point, police have determined that — that the suspect had shot an ex-girlfriend at about 5:45, 6:00 in the morning, and then a few, several hours later, learned that he had made postings on Instagram saying that he was looking to kill police officers.

They were able to determine by cell phone that he was in New York City and had sent — as well as sent out — and reached out to the NYPD as well, sent out a wanted poster to the NYPD that reached the NYPD right as the shooting was occurring.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  So, the Baltimore Police Department got the message to the NYPD, just too late?

PERVAIZ SHALLWANI:  Not necessarily too late.

They got — the first connection, it sounds like, between the Baltimore Police Department and the NYPD was about 2:10.  By the time there was a wider connection and in — sent out department-wide, it was about 2:45.  And the shooting happened at about 2:47, so it was happening right as — as this was — as this was occurring.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  So, what do we know so far about the suspect?

PERVAIZ SHALLWANI:  At this point, we know the suspect has an extensive criminal history in Georgia, had spent some time in jail.  He’s originally from Brooklyn and appears to have been moving around quite a bit over the last several weeks.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  In that criminal past, any violent history?

PERVAIZ SHALLWANI:  There’s quite a bit of a violent history.

There’s also — there’s also reports out there that he has a mental health history.  The history includes everything from — from terroristic threats, as well as a past gun possession charge, I believe.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  All right, Pervaiz Shallwani from The Wall Street Journal, thanks so much.


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Gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley wanted revenge for recent police killings

The man who shot and killed two New York Police Department officers in Brooklyn Saturday expressed anger against the government for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown on social media and had previously attempted suicide, officials said Sunday.


Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, traveled from Baltimore, Md., earlier Saturday to Brooklyn.

At a press conference, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said that 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who fatally shot himself in the head after killing NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, had no gang connections and had not been radicalized.

Boyce said police were still investigating Brinsley’s Instagram account on which he posted a photo of the gun he would use in the shooting and wrote that he was seeking revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who were killed by white police officers earlier this year.

He reportedly wrote: “They Take 1 Of Ours, Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.”

Brinsley had traveled to New York earlier Saturday from Baltimore, Md., where around 5:30 a.m. he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and shot and injured her during a confrontation and then fled with her phone. She later identified Brinsley to police, who began tracking his movements via the phone.

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The shooting occurred in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn at 2:47 p.m., police said.

Brinsley arrived in New York around 10:50 a.m., and he discarded the phone at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn around noon.

The NYPD was alerted to Brinsley’s whereabouts in Brooklyn only about an hour prior to the shooting.

Boyce said Brinsley spoke briefly with two men immediately before the shooting at 2:47 p.m in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, telling them, “Watch what I am about to do.”


NPYD officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, were taken to Brooklyn’s Woodhull Medical Center where they were pronounced dead.

He then walked up to the patrol car and fired four shots at Ramos and Liu at point blank range. ConEdison workers in the area witnessed the event and alerted two officers from another precinct. They followed Brinsley as he fled into a nearby subway where he shot himself in the head.

Boyce said Brinsley, who was born in Brooklyn, where his estranged mother and child currently live, had previously served time in prison for criminal possession of a weapon.

Earlier Sunday, flags flew at half staff around New York, as residents mourned the killings that Police Commissioner Bill Bratton characterized as an assassination. A memorial was set up where the officers were shot and a candlelight vigil was scheduled for Sunday night.

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