*Before fatally shooting two policemen on Saturday (Dec. 20), Ismaaiyl Brinsley wrote about his intentions on Instagram. He posted a photo of a pistol along with the caption: “I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours…… Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.”
Earlier Saturday, he used Instagram to share lyrics from a song by 50 Cent after he shot his ex-girlfriend in Maryland: “Never Had A Hot Gun On Your Waist And Blood On Your Shoe…. N—a You Ain’t Been Through What I Been Through You Not Like Me And I’m Not Like You.” The line comes from “Green Lantern” off the 2002 mixtape No Mercy, No Fear.
Later, he posted on social media again, this time using Facebook: “I Always Wanted To Be Known For Doing Something Right…. But My Past Is Stalking Me And My Present Is Haunting Me.” After murdering the officers, Brinsley ran to a subway station, where he killed himself.
50 Cent didn’t comment on his lyrics being quoted by Brinsley, but he condemned the murders on Instagram, writing, “Randomly shooting police officers is not the answer.” He also pointed to Gandhi’s famous quote, “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.”
Elsewhere in the hip-hop community, everyone from Chuck D to Talib Kweli to Azealia Banks to The Game decried the murders on social media.