Two NYPD cops sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn were shot at point-blank range and killed on Saturday afternoon by a man who, reports said traveled to the city from Baltimore vowing to kill cops. The suspect then killed himself with the same gun, according to authorities.
The NYPD cops, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were in the car near Myrtle and Tompkins Avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn. They were in the shadow of a tall housing project when the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, walked up to the passenger-side window and went willy nilly, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said. Mr. Brinsley got the drop on the unsuspecting cops and shot several rounds into the heads and upper bodies. They never even had a chance.
The officers died from the wounds, which comes to no surprise after such an attack.
Unfortunately, this was one of the stupidest acts from the recent protesters. Not only were the two officers innocent and independent from the two crimes (Brown and Garner), but this only digs civilians into the ground in the long run.
Not only did this behavior not solve anything, it actually made things worse. The NYPD will now probably enforce more intrusive and strict laws to protect cops from crimes like this in the near future. Police will more likely be more nervous and less trust worthy of the public. That’s a recipe for disaster.
Put yourselves in a cops shoes. You’re an authority figure and must perform protocol on a potential suspect. The suspect is not complying and isn’t afraid of you when you pull your gun out. You’re likely to feel more powerless and out of panic, might shoot. Now the Garner story was pretty intense. No one deserved to go through what he did or to be handled the way he did.
Knowing that sometimes cops use excessive force, I personally would have just complied with the cops, then took care of my frustration in court. Garner, on the other hand was fed up with police and reacted emotionally. Not to say that it was his fault because police shouldn’t be using excessive force like that, but knowing the way cops are these days, I think I personally wouldn’t take any chances.
Because this idiot went wild and shot two cops, he’s ONLY going to make things worse for the cause. If anything, this will only make police more aggressive and will make the protesters look like wild, raging losers with no diplomacy, just animalistic impulsive behavior. There are people already working on changing things the way they are, but everything worthwhile takes time.
Now, this impatient asshole went for a short term solution that’s only going to delay the long term solution. Nice job. Thanks for shooting the whole movement in the foot.
Respect, ego and the public victory have no place in social and economic development. Those feelings and impulses only get in the way of true development. When someone feels disrespected, they want to go out of their way to disrespect someone else. Now, a vicious cycle is formed and no one is the bigger man.