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He was convicted of felony gun possession in Georgia, where he was living at the time of the shooting.
Brinsley allegedly had ties to the Black Guerrilla Family, a prison gang that was reportedly planning revenge attacks on police officers according to police informants, and the Nuwaubian Nation, a black-supremacist cult originating in Georgia. President Barack Obama stated, "I unconditionally condemn today's murder of two police officers in New York City.
A funeral service for Ramos, the largest police funeral in the city’s history, was held on December 27 in Glendale with over 100,000 people present, including many politicians such as Vice President Joe Biden; the service itself from start to finish was almost five hours long and was broadcast around the world, with many people coming from across the country to pay their respects to the slain officer. John Cemetery in nearby Middle Village, where he was laid to rest.
Following a wake on January 3 containing elements of Chinese and Buddhist funerals, a funeral service for Liu took place on January 4 at the Ralph Aievoli & Son Funeral Home in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.
He said, "My thoughts and prayers over the past few weeks have been with the families of officers who were, with malice and forethought, gunned down just because they served as police officers." Protest organizer Charles Wade said about civil rights groups, "We've all said that this is a horrible thing that shouldn't have happened.
I say time and time again that I'm against police violence, and I'm not against police officers in general.
We tried to warn it must not go on, it shouldn't be tolerated.
That blood on the hands starts at the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor." Fraternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury asked Congress to consider making crimes against police officers fall under the category of hate crimes.
Brinsley wrote on his Instagram account of his intentions to kill police as retribution for the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. [sic]" By then, the Baltimore County Police Department had been tracking Brinsley's movements from Baltimore to New York City, and sent a fax to the NYPD about his intentions just a minute before the killings occurred. Two brave men won't be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification.