The families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner released statements condemning the Saturday shooting of two New York City police officers.
"We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot be tolerated. We must work together to bring peace to our communities," Brown’s family said in a statement posted on their attorney Benjamin Crump's Twitter page.
The statements came just hours after New York police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were killed in their patrol cars by Ismaaiyl Brinsley on Dec. 20.
"They were, quite simply, assassinated, targeted for their uniform and the responsibility they embraced," New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a press conference on Saturday evening, reports The Hill. "Both were ambushed and murdered."
The Daily Mail reports Brinsley shot the officers out of revenge for Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s deaths before taking his own life.
Reportedly speaking for the family of Eric Garner, Reverend Al Sharpton said, “I have spoken to the Garner family and we are outraged by the early reports of the police killed in Brooklyn today. Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases.
“We have stressed at every rally and march that anyone engaged in any violence is an enemy to the pursuit of justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown.We have been criticized at National Action Network for not allowing rhetoric or chanting of violence and would abruptly denounce it at all of our gatherings.The Garner family and I have always stressed that we do not believe that all police are bad. In fact we have stressed that most police are not bad. We plan to hold a press conference in the morning to express our outrage and our condolences to the families and the police department.”