Denounce Remarks Blaming Protesters for Officers’ Murder


Target: Pat Lynch, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association’s President

Goal: Urge police union’s president to apologize for blaming police brutality protesters for the murder of NYPD officers

Following the tragic murder of two NYPD officers, the president of the biggest police union in New York made a statement blaming recent protests and Mayor De Blasio for their deaths. This inflammatory comment ignores the fact that all protests against police brutality have been peaceful, and organizers have been using nonviolent tactics. Demand that President Pat Lynch apologize for this unnecessary remark.

Two NYPD officers were killed “execution-style” by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who later killed himself, on December 20th in Brooklyn. The murderer made comments on social media before committing the crime, saying that it is an act of revenge for Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two black men who were killed by police recently. While this is a very sad event, people protesting the police violence that people of color face are in no way responsible for Brinsley’s behavior. Brinsley is also suspected of shooting his girlfriend a few days earlier, and has a long criminal record.

Using this tragedy to undermine the important problems that protesters are working against is disrespectful both to victims of police brutality and these two cops. The fact that one person made an irrational and violent decision does not make the anti-police brutality movement less legitimate or less urgent. Pat Lynch must apologize immediately for his comment and his misplacement of responsibility.


Dear Mr. Lynch,

I am writing to you about a recent comment you made about the murder of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn. Instead of blaming Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the individual who committed this crime, you decided to blame an entire social movement. The protests in New York and all around the U.S. against police brutality have been completely peaceful, and all the organizers have been promoting non-violent action. No one was calling for the murder of cops, and criticizing police brutality is not the same as wanting to execute police officers.

Your comment only serves as an attempt to dismiss the protests’ legitimate cause, and does not place any of the blame in the right places. Protesters are not responsible for everything that every single person who claims to be a part of the movement does. This is a very sad event and you should not use it to try and push your political agenda of undermining criticism of the police.


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One Comment

  1. John Lettieri says:

    This is getting way out of hand. And them some.

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