Bratton: Officers Were “Assassinated”


william-brattonPolice Commissioner Bill Bratton said the gunman who ambushed and killed two police officers in Brooklyn had made online posts that were “very anti-police.”

The suspect, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs,” officials said. He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown.

Police said he approached the passenger window of a marked police car and opened fire, striking Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in the head.

The officers were at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Tompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

“They were, quite simply, assassinated – targeted for their uniform,” Bratton said. “They were ambushed and murdered.”

The officers were rushed to Woodhull Hospital, where they died.

Bratton confirmed that Brinsley made very serious “anti-cop” statements online but did not get into specifics of the posts. He said they were looking at whether the suspect had attended any rallies or demonstrations.

Read more at CBS NEWS NEW YORK.