In the wake of the killing of two NYPD officers, President Obama has strongly condemned the action and is calling on all Americans to “reject violence.”
“I unconditionally condemn today’s murder of two police officers in New York City,” Obama said in a statement. “Two brave men won’t be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification. The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day – and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day.
“Tonight, I ask 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.”
An earlier White House pool report noted that Obama had been briefed on the situation while vacationing with his family in Hawaii.
The officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot dead Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, New York. The gunman, whom police identified as 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, shot the officers while they were sitting in their squad car outside a housing project in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. The gunman fled the scene to a nearby subway station, where he shot and killed himself.