Gathering onlookers reportedly cheered and chanted “[expletive] the police” near the Brooklyn crime scene where two New York Police Department officers were fatally shot Saturday.
“A lot of people were clapping and laughing,” Brooklyn resident Carlos, who would not give his last name, told The Daily Beast. A reporter with the website confirmed he, too, heard the anti-police chants.
“Some were saying, ‘They deserved it,’ and another was shouting at the cops, ‘Serves them right because you mistreat people!’ ” Carlos said.
“You’re a bunch of killers,” an angry passerby said to police officers standing across from Woodhull Hospital, where Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were taken after being killed, The Daily Beast reported. A makeshift memorial was erected there for the fallen officers.
Even some residents appeared to resent the amount of police presence in the area following the cop killings. Kenneth Otero, 30, who lives in an apartment complex that Liu and Ramos were assigned to, argued that these types of senseless killings happen there all the time without such a “spectacle” being made.
“Gunshots is usual for this neighborhood,” he told The Daily Beast.
“They’ve been here all day and now tonight,” he said. “This has happened before, and it wasn’t this big spectacle.”