Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the alleged assassin who murdered two NYPD cops, may have ties to the Black Guerilla Family. For those who don't know, the infamous underground organization, also known as the "Black Vanguard," is a prison and street gang that was reportedly started in San Quentin State Prison in Marin County, California back in 1966. The gang now has approximately 100 to 300 active members and more than an estimated 50,000 associates.
The gang reportedly has a dominant focus on eradicating racism and overthrowing the United States government. Although Brinsley's ties to the infamous group have not been confirmed, his last chilling Instagram post leads authorities to believe that the fatal shootings were "revenge kills."
Here's a screenshot of his final Instagram posts that were shared just hours before the "execution-style" murders:
The horrific shooting comes just days after the Black Guerilla Family reportedly began making threats about shooting on-duty police officers. According to the Huffington Post, the plot was reportedly put in place to target white police officers specifically in an effort to "send a message." An alleged source also stated that the gang has been making plans to seek revenge for the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Earlier this month, just days after the New York grand jury announced the decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the choking death of Eric Garner, law enforcement officials also became aware of the threats. Although protesting and rioting were expected, detectives definitely weren't expecting the type of retaliation the gang proposed. The threats were reportedly taken so seriously that a memo was reportedly released by the Baltimore Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday, Dec. 5.
More information will be added as details about the fatal shooting are released. Do you think the officers' deaths are the beginning of a horrific epidemic? Share your thoughts.
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