What's being said about killings of 2 NYC officers

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Posted: Dec 21, 2014 6:37 PM
What's being said about killings of 2 NYC officers

Reaction to the deaths of two New York Police Department officers killed by a gunman who ambushed them in their squad car on a Brooklyn street:

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"I unconditionally condemn today's murder of two police officers in New York City. Two brave men won't be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification. The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day — and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day. Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal — prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen. — President Barack Obama.

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"I understand some of the concern that many people have in the law enforcement community. But this is not about one voice. This is about the voice of the entire city crying out for unity, crying out of saying, "How do we come together and deal with real issues in policing, at the same time, protect our officers?' ... We cannot allow someone to get in the way of moving towards police reform." — Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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"I know what they're going through to lose a loved one right before the holidays, and everything is so sad, and I would ask that everyone that is protesting with us, please protest in a nonviolent way. My husband was not a violent man so we don't want any violence connected to his name." — Esaw Garner, widow of Eric Garner.

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"It's something that will sensitize us to be even more clear on what the movement is about and what the goals are: that we are not anti-police, we don't think most police are bad. .... I would hope that this leads to us saying that the legislators and the justice system have to solve the problem. Reckless extremism on both sides cannot now be played into. Adults with a mature commitment to reform must deal with this." — the Rev. Al Sharpton.

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"There is blood on many hands, from those that incited violence under the guise of protest to try to tear down what police officers did every day. That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor." — Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

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"It goes too far to blame the mayor for the murder or to ask for the mayor's resignation. ... But I don't think it goes too far to say the mayor did not properly police the protests. He allowed the protesters to take over the streets. He allowed them to hurt police officers, to commit crimes, and he didn't arrest them. And when you do that ... you create a great riot. He should have known better. For that he has to take accountability and he's go to change the way in which he operates." — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on "Fox & Friends Weekend."

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"He's (The gunman) forgiven already. He's in the hands of God now. We don't believe in vengeance; we just forgive." — Ronnie Gonzalez, cousin of slain Officer Rafael Ramos.

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"The tears of the families of these police officers and the tears of Eric Garner's family and Michael Brown's family aren't shed in law enforcement blue, racially, black or brown. They're colorless. They're tragic and unnecessary. We have a violence problem. And the policies that we're pushing for protect not only the public but police officers and the families that they hope to go to at the end of the day." — NAACP President Cornell William Brooks.