New Yorkers express outrage over the fatal shooting of two police officers over the weekend, as Mayor De Blasio calls on the public to put politics aside as families mourn. Vanessa Johnston reports.
New Yorkers express outrage after two NYPD officers were shot and killed over the weekend: Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Lui. Social media revealed that the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, may have wanted to avenge the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers. He then killed himself. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KIMBALL HINTON, SAYING: "I gotta deal with police everyday and 99.99 percent of them, they are good guys, they help this city, they're here for this city and for you to turn around and do something like that, it's disgusting. For real." (SOUNDBITE) (English) BUDDY SAYING: "Honestly, I just don't understand why people would do such things, harsh things like that. To me, I think the police force is one of the best things in the city." The killings of two police officers come after weeks of anti-police protests in the city. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who sympathized with the protesters, has been criticized for not showing enough support for the NYPD. On Monday, after visiting with the slain police officers' families, de Blasio urged protesters to put politics aside while they mourn. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORK CITY MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO SAYING: "Let's accompany these families on their difficult journey, let's see them through the funerals, then debate can begin again." Authorities say the gunman had a troubled history...and shot his girlfriend in Baltimore before heading to New York.