Michael Brown's family condemns shootings of NYC officers
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The family of Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, has released a statement condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City officers.
The statement released Saturday by the Parks & Crump law firm said Brown's family rejects "any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot be tolerated."
The statement calls on citizens to "work together to bring peace to our communities."
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers' families during this incredibly difficult time," the statement said.
According to police reports, NYPD officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were both murdered by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, when he shot several rounds into the heads and torsos of the two officers. Brinsley ran down the street and onto the platform of a subway station before shooting himself.
Brinsley had made statements on social media suggesting he would kill two police officers in retaliation for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Brinsley also allegedly shot his former girlfriend before he headed to Brooklyn.
"I unconditionally condemn today's murder of two police officers in New York City. Two brave men won't be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification," said President Barack Obama in an official statement while vactioning in Hawaii. "The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day - and they deserve our respect and our gratitude every single day. Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal - prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen."
An official statement has not been released yet by the families of the two officers. Officer Ramos' 13-year-old son wrote on his Facebook page, "Today is the worst day of my life. Today I had to say bye to my father. He was (there) for me everyday of my life, he was the best father I could ask for. It's horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help. I will always love you and I will never forget you. RIP Dad."
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio denounced the shooting publicly and viewed it as an attack on the entire city.
Before Blasio held a news conference he was symbolically rejected when several NYPD officers turned their back to him as he walked past them.
Former New York Govenor George Pataki expressed remorse saying, "These murders are a sad reminder of the dangers they face keeping NYC safe." Pataki also blamed the shootings on the support given to anti-police brutality protestors by Attorney General Eric Holder and Mayor Blasio.
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