The gruesome execution of two NYPD cops by Ismaaiyl Brinsley yesterday afternoon has sent shockwaves throughout the nation, while dealing yet another blow to race relations now spreading from Ferguson all the way to the streets of New York.
In distancing themselves from the double murders, the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner released a statement via Twitter on Saturday condemning the executions, as well as rejecting “any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement,” which “cannot be tolerated.”
As NBC News reported, the brief statement, which was released via the Parks & Crump law firm, also offered sympathy to the families of the slain police officers.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers’ families during this incredibly difficult time,” it read.
The response from Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s family comes after it was revealed that the shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, had claimed that he killed officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in an act of revenge for the shootings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Even the reverend Al Sharpton spoke out against the double execution, saying, “I have spoken to the Garner family and we are outraged by the early reports of the police killed in Brooklyn today.”
Sharpton went on to confirm that the names of Michael Brown and Eric Garner should not be used in connection with the double homicide.
“Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases. We have stressed at every rally and march that anyone engaged in any violence is an enemy to the pursuit of justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown. We have been criticized at National Action Network for not allowing rhetoric or chanting of violence and would abruptly denounce it at all of our gatherings. The Garner family and I have always stressed that we do not believe that all police are bad, In fact we have stressed that most police are not bad. We plan to hold a press conference in the morning to express our outrage and our condolences to the families and the police department.”
But despite Al Sharpton’s strong words, there is little question that he and other community leaders fanned the flames of incitement and violence with the various protests which they organized or supported, encouraging black people in America to rise up and stand up for their rights.
Those riots, and the misguided rage that fueled, them may have led people, such as Ismaaiyl Brinley, to carry out the barbaric and pointless assassination of two innocent NYPD cops.