Obama says there’s no justification for the slayings. He says police offers risk their own safety to serve and protect their communities and that they deserve the public’s respect and gratitude.
The Baltimore police department said Saturday that they alerted the NYPD’s 70th precinct at around 2:10pm, 50 minutes before 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley murdered two New York Police Department officers in Brooklyn.
“At about 2:10 p.m., BCoPD made a phone call to the 70th precinct in New York, advising NYPD that the phone of a suspect wanted for a shooting in Owings Mills was pinging at a location in the 70th precinct. NYPD and BCoPD discussed the threatening Instagram posts during that phone call,” Baltimore police said.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton: The Mayor and I have just come from visiting with the families of our two murdered police officers.
“The mayor’s hands are literally dripping with our blood because of his words, actions and policies and we have, for the first time in a number of years, become a “wartime” police department. We will act accordingly,” the statement, posted on the PBA’s Facebook page, read.
Attorney General Eric Holder condemned the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers as senseless and an “unspeakable act of barbarism.”
In a statement Saturday night, Holder calls the attack “cowardly” and says it underscores the dangers that are routinely faced by those who protect and serve their fellow citizens.
Police Commissioner William Bratton spoke Saturday at a news conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio. He identified the two officers killed in Brooklyn as Wenjin Liu and Raphael Ramos. He says they were shot without warning or provocation.
Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Saturday that the mayor’s son, Zach, had “injuries that required medical treatment, but was able to join the family for a long planned trip.” She says the mayor is focused on his son’s well-being and requested the news media respect the family’s privacy.
Police have identified the suspect who shot two NYPD officers today as Ismaaiyl Brinsley. He boasted about wanting to kill cops hours before he ambushed the officers in their car in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 3:00pm Saturday.
“I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs,” Brinsley wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of a silver handgun.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Saturday said it was “shocked and appalled” by a threatening letter that was mailed earlier this week to Spring Valley legislator Aron Wieder, containing a photograph that superimposed his face on the body of an ISIS prisoner about to be beheaded.
“We are shocked and appalled at the horrific letter mailed to Mr. Wieder,” Evan Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director, said in a statement. “This was a threatening and hateful act designed to intimidate a Jewish elected official as well as members of the broader community in Rockland County.”
The following is Knesset Jeremy‘s weekly average of 7 polls from 4 polling companies (3 Panels, 2 Smith, 1 Geocartography, 1 Dialog, 0 Midgam, Maagar Mochot, Teleseker, New Wave, Sarid) conducted this week in the Israeli elections .
(Last Week in brackets), current Knesset seats in [brackets]
(AP). Israel’s military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer’s war.
The Israeli military said the airstrike on what it called a “Hamas terror infrastructure site” in the southern Gaza Strip was in response to a rocket fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Friday. The rocket fire caused no injuries.
(AP). An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, killing one and critically injuring a second before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said.
The shooting took place in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Both officers were rushed to Woodhull hospital, where one was pronounced dead. Police had said at least one of the officers was shot in the head.
(AP). President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been “a breakthrough year for America,” putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress.
“My presidency is entering the fourth quarter. Interesting stuff happens in the fourth quarter,” Obama said at a year-end news conference before leaving on a two-week vacation to Hawaii.
Rockland County authorities have handed over the threatening letter that was sent on Monday to Rockland legislator Aron Wieder – in in which his face is was doctored on the body of an ISIS prisoner about to be beheaded – for a DNA and fingerprints test at the FBI’s lab in NY, JP has learned.
The FBI and (JTTF) Joined Terrorism Task Force are now assisting in the investigation in order to determine who was behind the horrendous act, Rockland County Sheriff Louis Faico, told JP.
It started with the announcement by Jeb Bush earlier this week, but the real GOP presidential primary has kicked off on Friday, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) challenged his Republican colleague Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) – also considered to be mulling a presidential run – over his criticism of the US-Cuba deal, in a series of hard0bitting tweets.
Senator @marcorubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat. I reject this isolationism,” Paul tweeted
(AP). Everyone in Cuba is talking about the abrupt turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro
The larger-than-life retired leader of Cuba so far has made no public comment about the announcement that the U.S. will restore diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of hostility. His brother, President Raul Castro, broke the news to the nation in a TV address and may appear again Friday as the Cuban National Assembly holds one of its twice-annual sessions.
As many as 45 members of the New York City Council have signed on in support of Councilman David Greenfield’s proposed legislation that would place security safeguards at non-public schools and Yeshivas throughout the City of New York, granting it a super majority, the Councilman announced on Friday.
Introduced in 2013, Greenfield’s bill, Introduction 65, requires the presence of an NYPD School Safety officer in every school, be they public or private.
The Hasidic community residing in the small village of Bloomingburg, NY, celebrated on Friday the news that the opponents of the village’s dissolution defeated the anti-Hasidic proponents of the dissolution in a referendum vote in September.
According to the results, certified by NYS Supreme Court Judge Stephen Schick, the NO’s received 107 votes, while YES got only 85 votes.
Liberal Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman will star in an HBO pilot “as a pathologically honest woman having a modern mid-life crisis,” Variety reported.
Silverman, who recently received the Emmy award for Best Writing for a Variety Show for her HBO comedy special “Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles.,” got the news while visiting Israel.
Potential GOP presidential candidate, neosurguen Dr. Ben Carson, who visited Israel this week, expressed his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state for the Palestinian people, but not on the land that is currently the West Bank and Gaza.
“I know that Egypt in the past has made some overtures in terms of providing a place for the Palestinians. That seems to me something worth exploring,” Carson told the Jerusalem Post in an interview published Thursday. Adding, he was not opposed to a two-state solution, “but would not be in favor of a two-state solution that would put Israel’s population at risk.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted Friday a happy Hanukkah in both English and Hebrew to Jews around the world celebrating the festival of lights.
“I wish my friends of the Jewish faith a Happy Hanukkah! May this Festival of Lights and this period of celebration herald peace, hope and well-being for all,” Modi wrote on Twitter.
(AP). Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani prosecutor said the government will try to cancel the bail granted to the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks — a decision that outraged neighboring India and called into question Pakistan’s commitment to fighting militancy.
Spokesman Pawel Sawicki told The Associated Press on Friday that 1,800 suitcases have been placed into air-conditioned, fireproof storage cupboards tailored to fit the various sizes of luggage. Another 2,000 suitcases are on display but will be rotated into the storage room.