Two New York City cops were shot and killed in Brooklyn this afternoon. At an evening news conference at Woodhull Hospital, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the uniformed officers were ambushed execution-style as they sat in their marked police car. The dead officers are identified as Wenjin Liu and Raphael Ramos. Liu was married only two months ago. Their assailant, Ismaaiyl Brinsley took his own life on the platform of a nearby subway station. Bratton says he had shot and wounded his former girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day. He then posted anti-police statements on her Instagram page.
Mayor Bill de Blasio calls this an attack on all of us. It is, he said, "an attack on everything we hold dear." The shooting comes at a time of heightened tensions between police and some members of the community following the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases in Missouri and New York.
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