I was both angered and grieved by the murder of the two NYPD officers yesterday, Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, by Ismaaiyl Brinsley.
I lived and was raised in the Marcy Houses NYC housing development (aka "the projects") one block away from the Tompkins Houses development and have crossed the street at that intersection of Myrtle and Tompkins Ave, many times when I lived there.
I used the subway station at Myrtle and Willoughby, where Brinsley chose to end his life for many years to, "catch the train", as we native NYers say, thru JHS and HS, until I joined the military.
What happened at, "the Tompkins", as we called it, had a ver big emotional impact on me.
I'm glad to say at this point it seems Brinsley was an "outsider", and not a resident of my old neighborhood. Reportedly, he has some connection to East Flatbush, Brooklyn which is not near and does not border the Bed-Stuy area, which raises the question of why he came to Bed-Stuy to do his evil, when there are many cops on the street in East Flatbush too.
Ironically, I wrote an article a week ago about my own life experience growing up in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, related to the current issue of police use of excessive force, and NYPD, and the killing of one of my teenage friends Randy Evans, age 15, in 1976 by an NYPD officer, and also the killing of Clifford Glover, age 10, by an officer, in 1973. Both these young men were black, unarmed, and no justification was found for their killings.
In both cases the NYPD officers who shot and killed them were indicted and prosecuted.
In both cases juries cut them loose as usual
All said, despite some negative feeling I still have for NYPD, I denounce the evil cowardly act of Brinsley yesterday.
I have nothing but sorrow and sympathy for the families of the two officers killed, and mourn their loss, just as I do the loss Eric Garner and all the other recent and many years past victims of excessive use of force by police.Here's my article from last week: