NYPD cop killer does not represent us

Written by on December 29, 2014

My prayers go out to the families of the two New York police officers who were shot to death while sitting in a patrol car in Brooklyn.

Police identified the shooter as 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, of Georgia, who allegedly shot and seriously wounded a woman in Baltimore before traveling to New York. That’s when police say he approached the patrol car and opened fire, fatally wounding officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

Brinsley then fled to the subway, where he shot and killed himself, according to police.

Social media postings purportedly made by Brinsley are being investigated. Several published reports said the postings—allegedly made on Instagram—contained threats against police that alluded to Eric Garner and Michael Brown, two black men killed by police in separate incidents.

The Garner and Brown families have denounced the actions of Brinsley.

I join the families in that sentiment, but in reality, it’s not about Brinsley at this point. It’s about us. Whether Brinsley’s actions were driven by a desire for retribution, a thirst for recognition, or just plain madness, our motives in the wake of his actions must be driven by a desire for peace.

Click here to read the rest of the column on Newsworks

Featured photo: Crime scene tape. Photo by Matt/ Flickr Creative Commons

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