The New York Police Department’s union president delivered a statement effectively blaming Mayor Bill de Blasio for the deaths of the two officers who were gunned down in their patrol car Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn.
“There’s blood on many hands tonight,” Patrolman’s Benevolent Association head Patrick Lynch said while standing outside Woodhull Hospital. “Those that incited violence on this street under the guise of protest, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did everyday.
He added: “We tried to warn it must not go on, it cannot be tolerated.” And he continued to not-so-subtly lay blame with elected officials: “That blood on the hands starts on the steps of city hall in the office of the mayor.”
Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were killed by Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, 28, who later killed himself during a police pursuit. His final social media post indicated a desire to get revenge on police for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Reports indicate the deceased suspect had murdered his girlfriend just hours before the police incident.
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