Two NYPD officers were killed Saturday in Brooklyn as they sat in their squad car by a gunman who reportedly threatened to shoot police hours earlier on Instagram.
The gunman, a 28-year-old with a criminal record who police believe may have been acting in revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, killed himself moments later in a subway station. The incident left the nation's largest police department stunned, and is sure to further inflame tensions between police and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who police had already said was unwelcome at police funerals because of his perceived support for anti-police protesters.
"They were, quite simply, assassinated," NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a press conference late Saturday.
The officers were shot in the head at point-blank range by the suspect, who then fled to a nearby subway station before turning the gun on himself.
Both officers were rushed to a nearby hospital, where both were pronounced dead, police said.
The New York Post reports that investigators believed the shooting may have been motivated by the deaths of Garner and Brown, two African-American killed in police confrontations in New York and Ferguson, Mo.
“I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today,” a person believed to be Brinsley wrote in an Instagram post that referenced both Brown and Garner posted just three hours before the officers were shot, the New York Post reported. Bratton confirmed that authorities were looking into some "very anti-police" Instagram posts.
The shooting comes at a time when police in New York and nationwide have been criticized by some over the circumstances surrounding the death of Garner, who was stopped by police for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Amateur video captured an officer wrapping his arm around Garner's neck in what some have described as a chokehold and wrestling him to the ground. Garner was heard saying, "I can't breathe" and later died.
Obama, Holder, Jackson, Sharpton and liberal mayor of NYC-Bill
DeBlasio having been fanning the flames of racism have been dumping on the cops and so they have to shoulder much of the blame for these killings.
Those 5 hate police officers and now they encouraged a thug to kill the cops.
Jackson, Sharpton, Obama, Holder and de Blasio ought to hang their heads in shame.