Dozens of NYPD officers stand outside a hospital in silent tribute to two fallen officers killed by a gunman in an ambush that may have been revenge against policing tactics. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: By the dozens, officers of the New York Police Department stood outside Woodhull Hospital late Saturday (December 20) in silent tribute to two officers killed by a gunman who police say may have been seeking revenge for the death of an unarmed black man during an arrest attempt. The two officers, Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, were ambushed in their patrol car Saturday afternoon, said NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton. Protests over policing tactics have roiled the city since a grand jury declined this month to indict a white NYPD officer in the killing of Eric Garner, a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold during a July arrest on Staten Island. The two men were attacked outside a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn at a tense time for the NYPD, the largest police force in the country. The shooter fired through the passenger-side window of their marked patrol car, striking both officers in the head before they had a chance to respond, Bratton said. The suspect fled on foot and then took his own life on a subway platform. 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.