Baltimore police union officials say city mayors need to put their full support behind their police departments in the wake of recent anti-police violence. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
QUALITY AS INCOMING ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Baltimore police union officials said on Sunday (December 21) that city mayors need to put their full support behind their police departments, after New York City's main police union harshly criticized New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for being insufficiently supportive of the department during recent waves of anti-police violence. "Politicians and political leaders are putting gas on this fire," Baltimore police union president Lt. Gene Ryan told reporters during a news conference. "I believe it's a powder cage. If we don't get a handle on this, it's going to explode," he said. 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. The gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley, traveled from Baltimore, where police said he had shot and wounded his girlfriend, 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.