- The Washington Times - Monday, December 22, 2014

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund issued a statement Saturday insisting that lax gun control laws, not the ongoing police brutality protests, led to the execution-style killings of two New York City officers.

“These two killings … like so many other unfortunate incidences of gun violence, provide a stark example of the need for sensible gun control measures, and the need to thoughtfully address untreated mental illness,” the statement said.

“While some may suggest a causal link between these killings and the recent protests and activism focused on the serious issue of police violence against unarmed African Americans, we caution against escalating an already tense national state through rumor and conjecture,” it said.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, allegedly shot and killed Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn before taking his own life Saturday afternoon.

Investigators say that just three hours before his rampage, Brinsley posted on Instagram anti-cop rhetoric and threatened vengeance for the police-involved deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

“I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today,” Brinsley wrote. “They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGarner #RIPMikeBrown This May Be My Final Post I’m Putting Pigs In A Blanket.”

“Whatever motivation lay in the apparently troubled mind of the now deceased shooter of these officers,” the NAACP statement continued, “there is no connection between the peaceful protests of thousands of people of all races all over the country and, indeed, around the world, and this hideous act of violence.”

Al Sharpton, who has been at the forefront of the Garner and Brown protests, similarly argued during a press conference Sunday that “the blame game will only lead to further kinds of venom and further division.”

The reverend played an a audio recording of an expletive-filled voicemail over live television that purported to show someone saying, “Hey [N-word], stop killing innocent people, I’m going to get you!” — left shortly after the murder of Officers Liu and Ramos.

“I have several like this,” Mr. Sharpton said. “We are now under intense threat from those that are misguided, by those that are trying to blame everyone from civil rights leaders to the mayor rather than deal with an ugly spirit that all of us need to fight.”

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