While the vast majority of Americans are still stunned from the news that two members of New York’s Finest were ambushed and gunned down execution-style by a member of the racist and Communist inspired Black Guerrilla Family crime gang, as reported by the New York Daily News on Dec. 20, 2014, wildly differing examples of respect and overt hate emanate from The Big Apple. Yet the killings of Officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, haven’t had the same effect on as many multi-millionaires in professional sports as did the much ballyhooed deaths of Michael Brown or Eric Garner who both committed crime and also resisted arrest prior to their deaths.
While Nick Mangold of the New York Jets is sidelined due to injury at today’s game against arch-rival New England Patriots, the man who could easily be the poster boy for Germanic warriors of any Age, the 6′ 4″ and well over 300 pound offensive lineman made a point of sporting a simple black cap with white block letters NYPD emblazoned across the front to go along with his street clothes as he arrived at the stadium. However, the Jets Center appears to be the only pro athlete with national exposure who has paid anything even close to resembling a tribute to the murdered Officers Ramos and Liu. Yet the NBA’s LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and the NFL’s Reggie Bush as well as a slew of St. Louis Rams took to either the court or the playing field to lionize a pair of individuals with extensive criminal records and/or were in the process of committing criminal acts when confronted by police.
Not only have the aforementioned multi-millionaires failed to show any overt signs of respect for the dead cops, the decidedly left-of-center The Daily Beast reported on Dec. 21, 2014 that not everyone in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood disapproved of the shootings. As reported by M.L. Nestel, even though there were a handful of Bed-Stuy residents were angered over the shooting, more than a few sided with the killer.
According to a police source, Nestel notes a passerby told police at the scene, “You’re a bunch of killers.” Also noted by the reporter, “And short distance from the crime scene—where a crowd was backed up by the police tape—a few members of the crowd repeated ‘fu*k the cops’ within earshot of a Daily Beast reporter [self-censored].”
Nestel also quoted a 30-year-old local who identified himself only as Carlos, who “didn’t hear the fatal gunfire but saw the hysteria afterwards and walked to the police tape. ‘A lot of people were clapping and laughing,’ he said. Some were saying, ‘They deserved it,’ and another was shouting at the cops, ‘Serves them right because you mistreat people!’ he said.”
After sneaking up on the two police officers sitting in their cruiser, the shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley ran off to a nearby subway station. It was there that the killer chose not to meet police officers face-to-face, but rather chose what many describe as a coward’s death when he shot himself in the head.