I'm angry about the deaths of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and a lot of other blacks who didn't survive encounters with cops, but the ambush murder of two cops in cold blood is a reprehensible response. And if the New York Daily News is correct, it's the work of gangsters just posturing as political:
Two NYPD cops were executed Saturday after a gang member from Baltimore trekked to Brooklyn to kill police officers in a twisted bid to avenge the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, sources told the Daily News.Two weeks ago, the head of New York's Sergeants Benevolent Association was reporting a threat from the BGF:
The shooter -- identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley -- boasted about wanting to murder cops in the hours before he ambushed the officers outside the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 2:45 p.m....
Paramedics brought Brinsley out on a stretcher and were performing CPR. But the killer, a reputed member of the gang "Black Guerilla Family," was later pronounced dead...
However (hat tip Yastreblyansky), the threat was deemed not credible:
Baltimore cops, not New York City officers, are the ones who may be targeted by the Black Guerilla Family prison and street gang, the [Staten Island] Advance has learned.A radical group called the Black Guerrilla Family was formed in the 1960s. The Daily News says this is the same gang:
New York City cops on Saturday were rattled after a missive warned that an undercover officer had forwarded a "credible threat to Detectives assigned to Homicide Section" that "10 BGF members (Black Gorilla Family) have begun preparing to shoot an on duty police officer."
On Sunday, however, the NYPD's press office put a pin in that warning with the following statement:
"The threat information referenced in a recent news story relates to another East Coast City and does not make reference to New York City or its police. While we are aware of the information, it is not deemed to be a credible, specific threat to NYPD personnel. We continue to monitor and investigate any threat information as it surfaces. We will continue to advise all members of the service of any credible information relating to officer safety."
Another statement from the NYPD press office maintained that information about the threat "was based on an anonymous 911 call placed to a police department outside of New York on November 25, 2014."
The cold-blooded cop-hater who gunned down two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday is suspected of being a member of a notorious prison gang that has declared open season on the NYPD.But the gang just seems like a group of common crminals. Here's a 2010 story from the Baltimore Sun:
Detectives were headed to Baltimore on Saturday night to probe Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s ties to the Black Guerrilla Family, sources told the Daily News.
One source said Baltimore police were already investigating Brinsley’s connection to the gang, which started in California’s San Quentin Prison in the 1960s by Black Panther member George Jackson.
“BGF has been talking about getting back at cops for Eric Garner and Ferguson,” a source told The News, citing intelligence intercepted in Baltimore area prisons.
Baltimore officials suspended more than $1 million in city funds for anti-violence programs Monday after workers at a West Baltimore community center that has received taxpayer dollars were accused of operating a front for gang activities.Another Sun story, from 2013:
Federal authorities indicted 13 people on heroin distribution charges, including at least two who were employees of Communities Organized to Improve Life Inc., or COIL, a nonprofit organization that runs adult literacy programs and other outreach services, according to court records and officials.
The employees, Todd Duncan and Ronald Scott, were key players in a heroin distribution ring, and their work as youth counselors with the nonprofit group was part of a continuing effort by a notorious gang, the Black Guerrilla Family, to extend its reach and create the appearance of legitimacy, authorities allege....
Baltimore police, prosecutors and federal agents launched a massive strike against the Black Guerrilla Family gang this week, after indicting 48 suspects in an alleged eight-year campaign of drug dealing and violence that claimed 10 lives.The shootings are awful, and the backlash to the shootings is already bad. From the Sergeants Benevolent Assiociation:
The breadth of the coordinated operation reflects the growing concern over the BGF's role on the streets of Baltimore. Authorities say the one-time prison gang is using force and intimidation to take control of neighborhoods drug corner by drug corner....
The blood of 2 executed police officers is on the hands of Mayor de Blasio. May God bless their families and may they rest in peace.— SBA (@SBANYPD) December 21, 2014
And from former governor George Pataki (now apparently deleted, but still up here):
In right-wing comments sections, messages like "It's lynching time!" are showing up.
Fox's Eric Bolling is blaming Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan and -- yes, I'm serious -- Samuel L. Jackson for good measure:
This morning I named Law Enforcement my "Person Of The Year" on #Cashinin.. I called out liberals like Sharpton, Farrakhan and (1 of 2)..— ericbolling (@ericbolling) December 20, 2014
(2 of 2) Sanuel L Jackson for race baiting that'd cost cops lives. This afternoon, 2 cops assassinated in squad car #CopsBloodOnTheirHands— ericbolling (@ericbolling) December 20, 2014
If you force-fed the Fox News audience paranoia-inducing controlled substances for three days straight, this is precisely the scenario they'd hallucinate: members of an inner-city drug gang acts as violent agents of progressive revenge against the forces of law and order. This is what they thought the New Black Panthers were.
Al Sharpton has condemned the shooting, but every right-winger in America thinks he effectively pulled the trigger.
Now, maybe Yastreblyansky is right about the reported gang connection:
.@nomoremister But I'm now convinced the Brimsley connection was imagined by reporter or cop who knew about 12/7 Baltimore "threat" .— YULEstreblyansky (@Yastreblyansky) December 21, 2014
But if it's real, I'd expect (and Fox watchers would not expect) the FBI in cooperation with Baltimore and New York authorities (yes, Bill de Blasio, too) to bring the hammer down on this gang. Would you have a problem with that? I wouldn't.
I don't think it'll save de Blasio's career, however. He is now going national as the second-biggest right-wing Antichrist in America, after President Obama. They're going to destroy him. And, frankly, if he somehow fails to be protected from an attack on his life in the near future, I won't be the least bit surprised.