Eric Holder condemns NYPD shootings

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Manju Shukla
Date  21/12/2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder has condemned the “senseless” shooting of two New York City police officers as an act of “barbarism.”

“I condemn this afternoon’s senseless shooting of two New York City police officers in the strongest possible terms. This was an unspeakable act of barbarism, and I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of these two brave officers in the line of duty,” Holder said in a statement Saturday.

The uniformed officers were shot dead in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, allegedly in retaliation against the recent police killing of unarmed black men. Authorities said the gunman later killed himself.
Holder expressed his “heartfelt condolences to the officers` loved ones and colleagues,” and pledged the full resources of the Justice Department to aid the NYPD in investigating the ambush killings.

“This cowardly attack underscores the dangers that are routinely faced by those who protect and serve their fellow citizens. As a nation we must not forget this as we discuss the events of the recent past,” the attorney general said.

The killings came as the NYPD is facing widespread criticism over the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died on July 17 when police officers arresting him put him in a chokehold. A Staten-Island grand jury this month decided not to indict the officer responsible for Garner’s death.

The decision further angered the African American community, already on the edge over the case of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot dead in August in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer, who was later allowed to walk free by a grand jury.

The Reverend Al Sharpton, who has served as a spokesman for Garner’s family, voiced "outrage" over the killing of the NYPD officers. “I am outraged at the killing of 2 police officers in Brooklyn,” Sharpton said in a post to Twitter. “That is why we stress non-violence as the only way to fight for justice.”

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