Originally posted on theGrio:
The execution-style shooting of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn was a cold blooded, senseless murder and we must call it for what it is. But we have to be able to condemn the killing of police officers as we condemn police brutality. The two are not mutually exclusive, and I would suggest they are interrelated. The #BlackLivesMatter movement is far too important to allow the actions of one sick individual to derail it.
On Saturday, the officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot to death while in their patrol car in the Bedford- Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, reportedly traveled from Maryland, where he had shot and wounded an ex-girlfriend earlier in the day, and wanted to kill police officers as an act of revenge for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. Brinsley—who had expressed his hatred of the police in social media—later turned…
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