A White House spokesperson said Sunday morning that President Obama phoned New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton from Hawaii to express condolences for the killing of two New York City Police officers and offer support in the coming days and weeks.
The press release states that “in their conversation, the President reiterated his call for the American people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal — prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.
“The President told Commissioner Bratton that his staff would continue to monitor the situation in New York, and that Administration officials would be working with leaders across the country to echo the same message.
“The President also offered the Commissioner his full support for any possible assistance in the days and weeks ahead.”
And while New York mourns the killings, the family of Eric Garner is mourning as well (see video above).
Suspect Ismaaiyl Brinsley cited on social media the death of Eric Garner as one of the reasons for his anger toward police.
But Gwen Carr, Garner’s mother, was unequivocal in her condemnation of Brinsley’s actions:
“I’m standing here in sorrow about losing those two police officers. That was definitely not our agenda. We are going in peace. Anyone who is standing with us, we want you to not use Eric Garner’s name for violence, because we are not about that. These two police officers lost their lives senselessly and our condolences to the family and we stand with the families. We thank you so much.”
Wenjian Lui and Rafael Ramos were shot at point blank range while in their patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
Brinsley shot and killed himself in a nearby subway stop after being pursued by police. He had an extensive criminal history, and authorities in Baltimore believe he shot his former girlfriend before traveling to Brooklyn.