NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers in Brooklyn and shot them to death inside their patrol car.
The slayings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn heightened fears about the safety of law enforcement officials nationwide, though there is no evidence any threats are imminent.
The gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, had vowed in an Instagram post: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs.”
Investigators are trying to determine if Brinsley had taken part in any protests over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, whose names he invoked in his online threat, or simply latched onto the cause for the final act in a violent rampage.