Ismaaiyl Brinsley may have thought in some twisted way that he was taking revenge on the police for the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner by murdering two white officers. In actual fact, he only succeeded in slaughtering two men from ethnic minorities.
As well as being a deluded racist, Brinsley was also a violent man, as was shown when he shot and wounded his girlfriend on the same day that he killed police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
Brinsley, who was known to authorities as a loner with no fixed address, already had a history of crime under his belt, having had a “troubled” childhood.
Ismaaiyl Brinsley made no secret of his murderous plans, as he posted on his social media account just a few hours before shooting the NYPD cops, “I’m putting wings on pigs today,” referring also to the deaths of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson.
The innocent cops who were killed while sitting in their patrol car on Saturday in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn were themselves from ethnic minorities.
Liu, 32, was originally from China, while Ramos, 40, was of Latin American origin.
As such, Brinsley proved no point, other than mindless violence. Having shot the two ethnic minority cops, he entered the subway and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
UPI reported that NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce described Brinsley’s childhood in Brooklyn as “troubled” and said he had a history of suicide attempts. His mother told police she had been afraid of him.
Boyce told the New York Daily News, “The mother expressed fear of him, and she said she hasn’t seen him in one month. Brinsley attempted suicide in the past and attempted to hang himself a year ago.”
On his record, Brinsley had 15 arrests in Georgia and four in Ohio and served two years in jail on weapons charges. Most of his arrests were for more minor crimes like shoplifting and misdemeanor assault.
Before murdering the cops, Brinsley took to his Instagram account, posting, “Watch what I’m going to do.”
A Las Vegas janitor, Jay Romero, who knew Ismaaiyl Brinsley, told the NYDN that Brinsley was a devout Muslim, and described him as “God-fearing,” adding, “This would’ve never crossed my mind for him to do something like this.”