Sunday, December 21, 2014

Brooklyn Responds to NYPD Executions

Officer Ramos and Officer Liu
On Saturday, December 20, Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed his girlfriend in Baltimore and drove to New York City to assassinate two NYPD officers to avenge Eric Garner's death. In broad daylight, execution style, Brinsley shot and killed Officer Wenjian Liu and Officer Rafael Ramos.

Wenjian Liu was in the force for 7 years and recently married 2 months ago. Rafael Ramos was in the force for 2 years and had two children. Brinsley shot himself dead after trying to escape but was surrounded by police quickly after.

 See below my interviews with Brooklyn residents and my personal experience with Wenjian Liu.

On social media, Brinsley posted just a few hours before the attacks:

“I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today,” Brinsley posted. “They Take 1 Of Ours . . . Let’s Take 2 of Theirs,” the post continued, ending with, “This May Be My Final Post.”

Rev. Al Sharpton organized protests in New York after the non-indictment of Officer Panteleo after Eric Garner's death months ago. Last week, protestors started chanting,

"What do we want? Dead cops!"
"When do we want them? Now!"

These disgusting chants for violence came true Saturday. Also, on Sunday, a man attacked and broke an officer's arm in Harlem. All New York City police precincts have increased security. The police are now a "war-time police." The first time since the 1970s, the police are now responding to every 911 call with at least two units. Also, no arrests and or summonses are to be taken unless absolutely necessary and an individual must be placed under arrest.

Many people on social media are outraged at Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rev. Al Sharpton. Race baiters and poverty pimps take advantage of these situations and added fuel to the flames here. That increased the protests and the organizers should have, which they did not, denounced any violence and needed to keep the chants peaceful. A few protestors assaulted a few officers near the Brooklyn Bridge recently, one of which was a college professor. They were not riots, but they invoked a crazy man to take action. There are many crazy people in this world, and a New Yorker knows best, it seems as if most of the world's crazy people are in this city!

I spoke to Billy Stewart, a Brooklyn native and college student. He responded to yesterday's attacks:

"People are now trying to hurt the ones who protect us. This is partially Mayor de Blasio's fault and Rev. Sharpton's.Yesterday's events just show how terrible our society has become recently. It is a terrible shame to see two innocent lives lost like that."

I knew Officer Liu. Not personally, but I recognized him. He lived only a few blocks away from me, in fact, on the block I used to live on years ago. My parents and grandmother were friends with the family who sold their house to Wenjian a few years back. I walked by and spoke to the owner of the grocery store on his corner. In Brooklyn, there are bodegas on almost every corner. They are small convenient stores, we call them "corner stores."

There were two police officers in front of his house all day. There were also many double parked cars and other officers on the block. Every officer denied to comment. I ran into a few reporters too, most notably from the New York Times.

The owner of the corner store knew him well. She said he would come in often and buy what he needed and would leave quickly. He was a very quiet and gentle man. He minded his own business. They knew he was recently married and were very happy for him.