NYPD and police departments across the country have been cautioned not to make arrests “unless absolutely necessary” in the wake of the executions of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu by Ismaaiyl Brinsley in Brooklyn on Saturday.
Police officers around the United States have been warned to wear bulletproof vest, not to go on patrol alone, respond to calls with two cruisers, and to remain on high alert for more lone wolf attacks like the one committed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley. Shortly after the NYPD shooting on Saturday, Black Lives Matter protesters walked the streets shouting, “Pig in a blanket” in reference to the murdered NYPD officers. Protesters also chanted, “What do we want? Dead police officers” and “When do we want it? Now!”
Before executing NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos as they sat in their police cruiser in a high crime neighborhood, Brinsley reportedly told several bystanders to follow him on Instagram and watch what he is about to do. The cop killer, 28, vowed to “put wings on pigs” in an Instagram post just before shooting the NYPD officers dead inside their police cruiser in Brooklyn. The killings were retaliation for the killing of black men by white police officers, according to Brinsley’s post. The cop killer was black and the two slain police officers were Asian and Hispanic.
NYPD officers stood guard at a makeshift memorial honoring Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn on Sunday. A police union memo to officers after the NYPD executions on Saturday said members should report to every emergency radio call, no matter how small, with two cruisers, “No matter what the opinion of the patrol supervisor.” The president of detectives said investigators should work in threes when out on the New York City streets, and to wear bulletproof vests when they step out of station houses.
An NYPD chief issues a memo to his officers asking them to “limit their comments via all venues, including social media,” when expressing sorrow about the NYPD executions and offering condolences to the loved ones of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey urged Black Lives Matter protesters to “call for calm” and help stop the escalation of violence. Boston Police Commissioner William Evens alerted his officers about potential threats to officers, and the warnings were reportedly similar to those issued after the Michael Brown Ferguson grand jury decision and the Eric Garner grand jury decision.
What do you think about the NYPD executions of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, and the high alert warnings issued to police officers across the country?