The two cops weren’t at their usual precinct — normally, the pair was assigned to downtown Brooklyn, but they were working a “critical response” detail in an area with higher crime, police said.
That’s where they were slain, ambush-style — Saturday afternoon as they sat in their patrol car, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said at an evening news conference.
The gunman approached the passenger side of the patrol car and took a shooting stance, witnesses told police. He opened fire several times, striking both officers in the head, Bratton said.
They were “shot and killed with no warning, no provocation,” Bratton told reporters. “They were quite simply, assassinated.”
The gunman was found dead in a nearby subway station from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The thin blue line
The families of the fallen officers rushed to Woodhull Medical Center on Saturday, as dozens of their comrades gathered in a show of support.
Ramos had just turned 40 this month; Liu got married two months ago.
Both dreamed of being police officers, Bratton said.
“One of the unfortunate realities of policing is that you put that blue uniform on and you become part of the thin blue line between us and anarchy,” Bratton said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Bratton met with the families of the victims. De Blasio said that Ramos’ 13-year-old son couldn’t comprehend what had happened to his father.
“When a police officer is murdered, it tears at the foundation of our society,” the mayor said. “It is an attack on the very concept of decency.”
President Barack Obama condemned the shooting.
“Two brave men won’t be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification,” he said in a statement.
“The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day – and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day.”
Police identified the shooter as Ismaaiyl Brinsley.
He arrived in New York from Baltimore, but had a residence in the Atlanta suburb of Union City, Georgia. Bratton said that Brinsley was somehow connected to Brooklyn, but would not discuss that information.
Bratton said at this time, there was no indication Brinsley was connected to any terrorist groups or organized entity.
Police were investigating posts Brinsley allegedly made on social media.
There was at least one post threatening to kill police on an Instagram account in his name, connected to the threat with the poster’s anger at the high-profile deaths of African-Americans Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
The account also displayed a handgun and a message that said it may be his last post.
Bratton said that the suspect had earlier shot and seriously wounded a woman believed to be his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore.
Brinsley also had a lengthy arrest record in Georgia, mostly involving charges of shoplifting and illegal weapons possession. He was also charged with property damage and obstructing a police officer.
He pleaded guilty to many of the charges, according to police and court records.
Baltimore police received information that Brinsley had made threatening comments about officers, and sent a warning to police in New York, Bratton said.
That message came almost the same time the ambush happened.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called the attack “an unspeakable act of barbarism.”
De Blasio also called the shootings an “assassination.”
“It is an attack on all of us,” he said. “It is an attack on everything we hold dear.”
“This can’t happen”
The shooting jolted residents in the neighborhood.
“This can’t happen. If you mad at somebody, be mad at the person that you are mad at. Now, we have two families that (are) missing somebody for the holidays,” Shaniqua Pervis told CNN affiliate WABC.
“Where is your humanity? I know it’s a war going on and shoutout to Eric Garner’s family and everybody else who lost somebody, but you’re not at his house, on his lawn. This is two (officers). You don’t even know if (they were) good or bad. I don’t condone this, and I’m not with it.”
The woman was referring to the controversial July death of the unarmed black man after New York police officers on Staten Island wrestled him to the ground, with one of the officers wrapping his arm around Garner’s neck in a chokehold.
A grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer in the Garner case, as well as a separate grand jury’s refusal to indict an officer in a controversial police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, led to nationwide protests against the police.
Brown’s family condemned Saturday’s slayings.
“We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot be tolerated. We must work together to bring peace to our communities,” they said in a statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers’ families during this incredibly difficult time.”
In a statement, activist the Rev. Al Sharpton said the Garner family was outraged by news of the shootings.
“Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases,” the statement said. “We have stressed at every rally and march that anyone engaged in any violence is an enemy to the pursuit of justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown.”
Tensions between the community and police have heightened around the country since the deaths of Brown and Garner.
“This could not have come at a worse time,” City Councilman Robert Cornegy told CNN affiliate PIX.
So far, police have not commented on the motive for the Brooklyn shootings, except to say the officers were not engaging the shooter in any way when they were shot.
I get a lot of questions in regards to “false flags”.
Do I think these events happening are “fake” (like todays story of the cops ambushed, killing Rafael Ramos)
We need to make a differentiation between staged vs. Faked.. there is a slight difference.
An event can be staged, and still be really happening. 9/11 as a perfect example of a staged, yet real, event.
However, one could possibly make the link that several of these recent attack events are TOTALLY fake.
Examine the evidence on the names, and you tell me what you think the chances are of this being an accident, or coincidence.
The last major “shooting” was in Australia this past week, shooters name was Man Monis..
Then the last shooting before Australia was Florida State University.. that was done by Myron May..
Then the last attack before that was the family of Stephen Stay..
Then the last attack before that was Rogers Retribution over Monette Moio where he killed Weihan Wang , Michael Martinez, witnessed by Skylar Serge + Sierra Schwartz, sheriff Bill Brown from Calabasas California..
The attack before that was Aaron Alexis as the DC shooter
The attack before that was Tamerlan Tsarnev at the Boston Bombing
Also, while these major attacks were in the news, we saw reports such as the following:
Jihadi John the British Beheader and ISIS shootings..
“Mike Mike” Brown the Gentle Giant shot by Darren Dean Wilson..
Jared Miller as the walmart shooter who liked to dress up as the Joker
Jared Padgett the oregon shooter
Jared Lee Loughner who shot Gabrielle Giffords
Dzhokar Tsarnev (JOKER Tsarnev) the other Boston Bomber
James Eagan Holmes the batman shooter who dressed up as the Joker
This is the past few years only!!! What are the chances?
This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Jokers, Jareds, and Double Letter names beyond measure. Either people who have double letter names are PREDISPOSED to be famous/infamous (or witnesses to major tragedies) —– or —— there is something staged about these names.
Like Peter Parker, Lois Lane, Bruce Banner, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Green Goblin, Silver Surfer, Lex Luther, Peter Pan …. these people could very well be fictional characters added into already staged stories.
The events could be real, with fake witnesses to shape a narrative, or the names could be a sign of a fully “scripted” event.
The odds of SO MANY people making headlines with Double Letter names is beyond astronomical at this point.
It is literally to the point where if I hear about a mass shooting, or major catastrophe, I can know the main “characters” will have a double letter in the mix right up front.
The NIGHT BEFORE they announced the Australian shooter last week, I already said in my video .. quote ” watch the people involved have double letter names”……. the next day… Man Haron Monis is the announced name of the shooter!
Previously , in Florida a few weeks ago, I said something similar — that the “shooter” would be a double letter name… and then we found out his name was Myron May.
This is not just coincidence, as coincidence CEASES to be coincidence when the event happens on a regular predictable basis.
The supposed shooter in New York , who shot the two police officers..
Here’s his myspace.. they already hid his facebook, and his twitter is now blank..
His pics tell the story of a wanna-be high roller..