United States Attorney General Eric Holder has released a statement regarding the Saturday afternoon shooting deaths of two New York City Police Department officers.
“I condemn this afternoon's senseless shooting of two New York City police officers in the strongest possible terms,” the statement said.
"This was an unspeakable act of barbarism, and I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of these two brave officers in the line of duty.
“On behalf of all those who serve in the United States Department of Justice, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the officers' loved ones and colleagues. I will make available all of the resources of the Department to aid the NYPD in investigating this tragedy."
The 28-year-old suspected gunman made multiple references in social media posts to killing officers as revenge for the police-related deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. He explicitly mentioned their names at least once, and he alluded to the circumstances surrounding their passing at least one other time.
In the aftermath of the deaths of Garner and Brown, Holder emerged a spokesman of sorts for the Obama Administration on issues pertaining to how police officers treat people of color. He has repeatedly suggested that cops mistreat -- in particular -- African-Americans, and urged reforming police departments across the country to correct this. He has also extensively investigated both the Garner and Browns deaths, even after grand juries in both cases determined there wasn’t enough evidence to indict the officers involved.
You can read Holder’s full statement on today’s deaths below.
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