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News, December 2014
An African American Muslim Kills his Ex-Girlfriend, Two New York Police Officers, and himself, But it's Not Terrorism
December 21, 2014
Just four days after a European American Iraq War veteran killed his ex-wife, five family members of hers, and himself in Pennsylvania, another news story breaks in about an African American Muslim who killed his ex-girlfriend, two police officers, and himself.
Just like in the case of the European American Iraq War veteran, the African American suspect was not described as a terrorist by government officials and media reporters though the African American man is a Muslim!
It seems that the label of "terrorism" is only applied to immigrants from the Middle East, particularly from countries where the US is involved in the permanent wars there, irrelevant to the motive of the crimes committed.
The objective is justifying the US involvement in these wars by dehumanizing people there through continuously linking Muslims with terrorism, even if there are other motives behind committed crimes.
So, if the offender is a Middle Eastern Muslim, then the episode is declared as a "terrorist" attack, on behalf of Al-Qaeda in the past, or ISIS these days, in order to justify the US-led alliance involvement in the permanent wars for Israel and oil in the Middle East.
One example was the tragic hostage incident in Sydney, Australia, in which a Muslim man who had family problems similar to those experienced by the American Iraq war veteran.
The Australian Muslim Man was described as a "terrorist." However, nobody in government or media has mentioned the "T" word (Terrorism) as a motive in the case of this American tragedy in Pennsylvania.
Earlier, a troubled Canadian man, who was killed by police in the Parliament building, was reported as a "terrorist," just because his father was known as a Muslim.
Thus, this is just another reminder of the tactics used by the beneficiaries of the war industries around the world to keep wars going on for their own selfish benefits.
God help readers and viewers of the Zionist media in their confusion about what's terrorism and what's not!
God help them in understanding how the war propaganda manipulates daily criminal acts for the benefit of the war industry!
Police: Man shot ex-girlfriend in Owings Mills
Police: Owings Mills shooting suspect shot NYPD officers
OWINGS MILLS, Md. —
Baltimore County police said a man who shot his ex-girlfriend in Owings Mills early Saturday morning is also the suspect who fatally shot two New York City police officers.
Baltimore County police were called shortly after 5:45 a.m. to the 10000 block of Mill Run Circle in Owings Mills, where a 29-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to survive (she died later, see Reuters below).
Police identified the suspect as Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley, 28. Police said they tracked a phone he was using to New York. Brinsley fled the scene before police arrived.
Baltimore County police detectives became aware at about 1:30 p.m. of Instagram posts by the suspect that included threats against police officers. Baltimore County police said they contacted NYPD with that information, and at about the same time, the officers were shot.
Two New York police officers killed in 'ambush'
FRANCE 24 with AP, REUTERS
December 21, 2014
US President Barack Obama has "unconditionally condemned" Saturday's fatal shooting of two policemen by a man who had made angry online comments on recent cases of police brutality against black people, and shot himself after the attack.
The two New York City police officers who were ambushed and shot to death in their vehicle Saturday were "quite simply, assassinated," and the suspect had made Instagram posts that were very anti-police, the city's police commissioner said.
William Bratton said the officers, Liu Wenjin and Raphael Ramos, were shot in the head without warning after the gunman approached the passenger window of a marked police car and opened fire.
The suspect, Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, then ran inside a Brooklyn subway station and fatally shot himself in the head.
Bratton said the suspect shot his ex-girlfriend earlier Saturday in Baltimore and made posts from her Instagram account. "This may be my final post,'' said one that included an image of a silver handgun.
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton
Two officials told The Associated Press that the suspect posted about shooting two "pigs'' in retaliation for the death of Eric Garner: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs.''
He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly.
The shooting occurred hours later, around the time that Bratton said that New York police were receiving a warning fax from Baltimore authorities.
"Act of barbarism"
US Attorney General Eric Holder called Saturday's shooting deaths an "unspeakable act of barbarism.''
Police in New York are being criticised for their tactics following the recent chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man who was stopped by police on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Amateur video captured an officer wrapping his arm around Garner's neck and wrestling him to the ground. Garner was heard gasping, "I can't breathe'' before he lost consciousness.
Demonstrators around the country have staged protests since a grand jury decided Dec. 3 not to indict the officer in Garner's death. The decision closely followed a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a white officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.
Bratton said they were looking at whether the suspect had attended any rallies or demonstrations.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist, said Garner's family had no connection to the suspect and denounced the violence.
"Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases,'' Sharpton said.
The last shooting death of a New York Police Department officer came in December 2011, after a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment.
Obama said in a statement that police officers "deserve our respect and gratitude every single day."
Two N.Y. police officers slain in apparent retribution attack
By Laila Kearney and Edward McAllister
NEW YORK Sun Dec 21, 2014 10:20am EST
A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers in what officials called an "assassination", hours after warning on social media that he planned an attack in retribution for recent U.S. police killings of unarmed black men.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday ordered flags flown at half staff around the city, hours after the city's main police union harshly criticized the city's first Democratic mayor in two decades for being insufficiently supportive of the department during recent waves of anti-police violence.
The shooter, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley, traveled from Baltimore, where police said he had shot and killed his girlfriend (which has nothing to do with police brutality - Editor), to New York and during the day posted on the social media service Instagram that he would be "putting wings on pigs today," using an anti-police slur.
Baltimore police said they learned of the suspect's posts on Saturday afternoon and called NYPD officials to alert them that digital data showed he had traveled to the city's borough of Brooklyn. But the call came in less than an hour before officials said Brinsley, who was black, shot and killed two officers as they sat in their patrol car near a major housing project.
The officers he killed were Hispanic and Asian-American.
"Although we're still learning the details, it's clear that this was an assassination, that these officers were shot execution style," said de Blasio, who campaigned on a promise to improve relations between the nation's largest police force and minority communities.
The two New York City Police Department officers, Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, had no time to react when Brinsley appeared next to their vehicle, took a shooter's stance and shot both officers with a silver semi-automatic handgun, said NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton.
Brinsley fled to a nearby subway station where he shot himself in the head and died, Bratton added.
The attack, the first fatal shooting of an NYPD officer since 2011, follows weeks of sometimes violent protests around the United States over a pair of incidents in which white police officers shot and killed unarmed black men. In July, a police officer in New York's Staten Island borough killed Eric Garner, a father of six, while trying to arrest him for illegally selling cigarettes.
In August, a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed a 18-year-old Michael Brown after an argument that began while Brown was walking in the middle of the street on a residential block after allegedly stealing a box of cigarillos from a convenience store.
Brinsley cited both cases in the Instagram post in which he threatened police, saying "they take 1 of ours ... let's take 2 of theirs."
President Barack Obama condemned the killings, saying "two brave men won't be going home to their loved ones tonight." Attorney General Eric Holder promised the support of the Justice Department throughout the investigation.
Leaders of recent anti-police protests, including longtime New York civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, also condemned the attack.
Bratton said investigators were checking whether Brinsley had attended any of the recent protests.
The killings also revealed bitter anger among some police toward New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who they see as not being supportive in the face of public anger.
Several officers turned their backs on de Blasio when he arrived at the Brooklyn hospital where the two officers were taken after they were shot, video showed.
Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the country's largest municipal police union, said, "There's blood on many hands tonight ... That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor."
It was unclear why the gunman chose Brooklyn.
Authorities said Brinsley, who previously lived in Georgia, had shot and wounded his girlfriend in Baltimore early Saturday morning before heading north to New York City.
(Writing by Scott Malone, editing by David Evans)
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