Two police officers were murdered in cold blood on Saturday, December 20. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who’s middle name is reportedly “Abdullah,” was identified as the killer of NYPD officers Wenjin Liu and Raphael Ramos in Brooklyn before shooting himself. He had apparently shot his girlfriend in the stomach earlier in Baltimore before traveling to New York.
Investigators are said to believe the police murders were revenge killings for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. In fact, Brinsley said as much in his final Instagram post.
Additional clues to the motive are found in his Facebook page, where he included “Arabic” as one of his languages and more importantly, contained a page out of the Muslim holy book with the verse Qur’an 8:60, which includes the phrase, “Strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah.”
The New York Daily News reports that Brinsley was a member of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang, which was started by Black Panther member George Jackson. The mainstream media take is that Brinsley was a gangbanger, with no mention of Islam whatsoever.
However, back in August, the former head of the New Black Panthers and President of the Black Lawyers for Justice said that his group, along with the New Black Panther Party and Nation of Islam were working together to control the situation in Ferguson.
Evidently connected to what’s taken place in Ferguson, the Quranic verses featured on the killer’s Facebook page provide more insight.
Additionally, this attack comes just two months after the hatchet attack on four New York City police officers by a Muslim convert.