We will never know exactly what went down between Brown and Officer Darren Wilson the day Brown was killed. But we do know Brown had been in trouble before, including strong-arming a store owner after he stole some cigars just prior to his death. We do know what happened the day Garner died. There's video showing what transpired that day, and it's quite obvious the cops should have tended to him as soon as he told them he couldn't breath. But Garner, too, had some prior run-ins with the law. On the other hand, the two murdered officers- 40-year-old Rafael Ramos and 32-year-old Wenjian Liu- were innocents. They were just sitting in their patrol car when gang banger Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, walked up to the window and shot them in the head. It's ironic that after all this criticism of "white cops targeting blacks", Brinsley would choose to kill a Latino and an Asian.
Since he killed himself in the subway shortly after the ambush, we will probably never know what his motive was, other than his posting on the Instagram account of an ex-girlfriend that he was avenging the deaths of Garner and Brown.
“...Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours...Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.”
He also happened to shoot that "ex" earlier Saturday morning, before making his way to New York.
There are bad cops, but most have dedicated themselves to protect and to serve. I have read many heartwarming stories about cops going out of their way to help those in need.
Many are blaming NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Eric Holder and Rev Al Sharpton for their anti-cop rhetoric. There were even calls at recent protests for death to cops
"What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!"Wonder what those people are thinking now.
All lives matter!
Rest in peace, Officers.
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