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Some People Cheered The Police Murders

December 21, 2014  |  Posted by: JammedUp
Some People Cheered The Police Murders Wenjian Liu (left) and Rafael Ramos (right) – Images courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

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Across the street from the hospital where two Brooklyn police officers were brought after being murdered, there were carnations and a makeshift memorial: a cardboard box and a handmade sign in marker reading, “R.I.P. NYPD.” Hundreds of cops saluting as the bodies were rolled out with a full escort by highway patrol. Citizens were watching in shock from above on the subway station.

Throughout the city, the gangland style murder of the two officers in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn has generated a sense of shock and sympathy for the victims.

“Now we have two families that’s missing someone from the holidays,” a Bedford-Stuyvesant resident told a local news station. “Where’s your sense of humanity?”

However not everyone outside Woodhull Hospital was entirely sympathetic. One individual yelled at cops “You’re a bunch of killers,” according to one police source.

Near the crime scene, where a crowd was gathered behind the yellow police tape — some in the crowd were yelling “f*** the cops” according to some witnesses.

One 30-year-old local who gave his first name only as Carlos, didn’t hear the fatal gunfire but saw the hysteria that transpired and walked to the scene.

“A lot of people were clapping and laughing,” he said.

“Some were saying, ‘They deserved it,’ and another was shouting at the cops, ‘Serves them right because you mistreat people!’” he said.

For Carlos, who walks his 10-year old daughter to school pass the police cruiser posted at Tompkins and Myrtle avenues, the killings took place just a couple of blocks from his home, is tragic.

“I walk my kid to school, passed that cop car everyday,” he said. “That’s their post. What would people rather not have the cops here to keep us safe?”

“Nobody deserves this,” he added. “If they really wanted to get revenge they should have gone to Staten Island and found the cops that killed Eric Garner.”

Others seemed less sympathetic towards the police, and even seemed to resent that the cops didn’t take as much notice of the area’s other crimes.

“Gunshots is usual for this neighborhood,” said Kenneth Otero, 30, who lives in a ninth-floor apartment across the street in Tompkins Houses, the housing projects Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were assigned to.

He says he heard the two shots that killed Liu and Ramos.

“I was watching ‘Daniel The Tiger’ with my kid and I heard two shots like ‘boom-boom,’” he said.

But he believes the cops are going too far in the investigation of the murder of two of their own, with scores of cops and idling vehicles, and powerful spotlights turning the night of Tompkins Street into a surreal daylight.

“They’ve been here all day and now tonight,” he said. “This has happened before and it wasn’t this big spectacle.”

Liu and Rafael were there to protect against the common criminality Otero mentioned. It is so common, that 22-year-old Yonas Tenayo was dodging bullets just the night before on her way home to her safer neighborhood of Clinton.

“Each day I walk through here,” she said, pointing to the slots of walkway through the monolithic high-rises that loom over the area.

“Yesterday I was walking home at around 7 [p.m.] and I hear eight gunshots.

“I ran for my life,” said Tenayo, who is a home attendant for an autistic resident, but wants to transfer because of the crime.

“It’s been three weeks,” she said. “But I don’t want to be here anymore.”

From the Daily Beast

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