Republican Rep. Peter King of Long Island, appearing on Fox News Sunday, cited the death of two NYPD officers as reasons for President Obama and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to "stop the cop bashing and anti-police rhetoric."
"This is an absolute tragedy, what occurred in New York, and it's really time for our national leaders, the president, it's time for the mayor of New York, and really for many in the media to stop the cop bashing, to stop this anti-police rhetoric," said the Long Island Republican. "I mean, for the last four months, we've basically heard nothing other than the cops are guilty, presumed cops are guilty, then the grand jury says they're not going to be indicted. People demonstrate, march in the streets, and it's so slanted."
Two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot and killed inside their squad car on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Police identified Ismaaiyl Brinsley as the suspect who shot the two officers, before fleeing into a subway station and killing himself. An Instagram profile linked to Brinsley said before the incident he would be "putting wings on pigs" and avenging the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
King added that the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island was being perceived as racial, but said "it was an African-American chief of the police department who sent in the police officers at the request of minority business owners." King added the top-ranking police officer at scene was African-American.
"That didn't stop Al Sharpton and others from demonstrating," said King.
King again blamed "the anti-police rhetoric" for creating a climate where "it's being considered perfectly appropriate for thousands of people to demonstrate, calling cops murderers and killers after a grand jury says that the police officer was not guilty," before linking this climate to the shooting of the police officers.
King joined a growing number of police supporters blaming the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, for not denouncing "thousands of demonstrators chanting they wanted dead cops, they wanted dead cops now."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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