- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A CNN correspondent at the makeshift memorial to slain NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos reported seeing a small group of protesters heckling police officers who were there to pay their respects.

Sara Ganim said that while most of the people gathering at the memorial were being respectful, others were chanting anti-police phrases and causing a disruption.

“I do, just in full disclosure, want to say that in the last couple of minutes, for the first time today, we’ve seen protesters come out here and start yelling at groups of police who are mourning their slain police officers,” she said to her in-studio colleague, Breitbart News reported.

“It’s just a few of them, Suzanne, and like I said, just in the last five minutes, and they’re quite frankly yelling at a group of police officers who are standing here silently, just looking at the memorial of candles and flowers and posters, and they’re yelling similar rhetoric that we’ve been hearing over the last couple of weeks related to the shooting of — the chokehold death of Eric Garner and the shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri.”

On Saturday, the day Officers Liu and Ramos were killed, gathering onlookers at the crime scene reportedly cheered and chanted “[expletive] the police.”

“A lot of people were clapping and laughing,” Brooklyn resident Carlos, who would not give his last name, told The Daily Beast.

“Some were saying, ‘They deserved it,’ and another was shouting at the cops, ‘Serves them right because you mistreat people!’” Carlos said.

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

Just three hours before his rampage, Brinsley posted on Instagram anti-cop rhetoric and threatened vengeance for the police-involved deaths of Garner and Michael Brown, police said.

“I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today,” Brinsley reportedly 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.”

Civil rights activists and leaders, including Al Sharpton who has been at the forefront of the Garner protests, have insisted that the ongoing demonstrations are not fueling anti-police sentiments.

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