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Michael Brown and Eric Garner families condemn NYPD killings

COP KILLER: Brinsley (PA)

FAMILY MEMBERS of Eric Garner and Michael Brown have denounced the killings of two New York police officers.

Both families, having experienced the loss of their loved ones to police action, called for non-violence after Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, shot dead NYPD officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, before fatally shooting himself in the head.

Before carrying out the attack, he also shot his ex-girlfriend in the stomach. She later died from her injuries.

Saturday’s (Dec 20) killings have drawn widespread condemnation as New York mourns the officers, while police claim Brinsley’s motive was in retaliation to the killings of Michael and Garner.

The relatives of Michael, who was 18 when shot dead in August this year by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, said they reject “any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot be tolerated.”

They urged people to “work together to bring peace to our communities” and added that their “thoughts and prayers go out to the officers' families during this incredibly difficult time.”

Speaking for the family of Garner, who was fatally restrained by NYPD officers in July this year, reverend Al Sharpton said: “I have spoken to the Garner family and we are outraged by the early reports of the police killed in Brooklyn.

“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.

KILLED ON DUTY: Officers Wenjian Liu, left, and Rafael Ramos

“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.”

He added: “We have been criticised 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.”

NON-VIOLENCE: Rev Al Sharpton, centre, speaks for the family of Eric Garner (PA)

Meanwhile NYPD chief of detectives Robert Boyce said Brinsley, from Baltimore, Maryland, used social media to vent his anger over the killings of Michael and Garner.

The posts on Instagram revealed feelings of “self-despair and anger at himself and where his life was”, Boyce said.

Before shooting the officers while they were in a patrol car, Brinsley fatally shot 29-year-old Shaneka Thompson, a former girlfriend, at her home in Baltimore.

As he arrived in New York, the gunman posted: “They Take 1 of Ours... Let's Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPEricGarner #RIPMike Brown.

“This May Be My Final Post.”

Following the double killing, police forces across the US have been given special precautionary measures while carrying out street operations.

There has been unrest and mass protests in US cities and other countries after the recent US Grand Jury verdicts to not to indict the officers who killed Michael and Garner.

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