Friday marks the first time two New York Police officers were killed on duty at the same time since 2014, when officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Dec. 20.
The two men, veteran officers, were murdered by a man who had traveled to New York City from Baltimore, saying he intended to kill police officers. The man later killed himself with the same gun used to shoot Officer Ramos and Office Liu.
The 2014 killing came on the heels of national protests over police brutality — officers notably turned their backs on then-Mayor Bill de Blasio during the officers’ funerals — after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Miss. at the hands of police.
The man who shot and killed both officers made statements on social media at the time, saying he was angered over the deaths of Mr. Brown and Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died after being placed in an illegal chokehold by an N.Y.P.D. officer.
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