In what is being termed as the most tragic event for the law enforcement agency; NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and newly-wed Wenjian Liu, were assassinated in cold blood by 28-year-old shooter, Ismayiil Abdullah Brinsley on Saturday.
Brinsley shot his ex-girlfriend on Saturday morning before going after the cops. He is reported to have ‘crept up’ behind the patrol car and opened fire on his unsuspecting targets. Brinsley then headed to a subway station and turned the gun on himself. The victims were taken to Woodhull Hospital, where they were declared dead on arrival.
2 hours before the murder, Brinsley updated his Instagram with a disturbing message. He vowed to avenge the deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, victims of police brutality, and promised to “put pigs in the blanket”.
Wenjan Liu had married his fiancée two months ago. Ramos was a father of one, and had celebrated his 40th birthday on 12th December, a milestone in any man’s life.
Social media was abuzz with the news of these appalling deaths, and tweets and statuses condemning the incident started to pour in. Perhaps the most heart-breaking, yet the most resilient, updates were from Jaden Ramos, the son of slain officer Rafael Ramos.
Twitter drew parallels between the police officers and the victims of police brutality, in that both the times, these people were murdered by hate-driven maniacs for crimes they did not commit.
However, some people saw the murders as an opportunity to fuel the ongoing racial tensions in the country, and undermine the protests against racial profiling.
Let's be honest. Two NYPD officers would be alive today if protesters hadn't played the race card. Way to go idiots. #NYPDLivesMatter— Dan Joseph (@DanJoseph78) December 20, 2014
"What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!" - "Peaceful" protesters #NYPDLivesMatter— AdolfJoeBiden™ (@Bidenshairplugs) December 21, 2014
There were also reports of a crowd cheering and celebrating the deaths of the two officers at the crime scene.