Obama Asks The American People To Reject Violence After The Shooting Of 2 NYC Police Officers

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President Obama strongly condemned the ambush killing of two New York police officers, while calling on the American people to reject violence.

New York City police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were ambushed and killed by gunman who had traveled from Baltimore to Brooklyn specifically to kill police officers. After the killings, the gunman committed suicide.

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President Obama strongly condemned this brutal act of violence, “I unconditionally condemn today’s murder of two police officers in New York City. Two brave men won’t be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification. The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day – and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day. Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal – prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.”

Just hours after the president’s statement, Rudy Giuliani went on Fox News to blame the president for the deaths of the two officers.

Obama’s message to the American people has been consistent. Violence is not the answer. Answering an act of violence with more violence is a recipe for more misery and heartbreak. The violence must stop. The president’s critics have invented their own fantasy world where Obama is to blame, but the truth is that the president has been consistently using his bully pulpit to discourage and condemn violence.

Real change in our society will come from peaceful collective action. The senseless murder of innocents will only work to set progress back. Every American would be wise to follow the president’s lead and embrace words and actions that heal and change while rejecting the destruction caused by violence.

8 Replies to “Obama Asks The American People To Reject Violence After The Shooting Of 2 NYC Police Officers”

  1. Obama keeps knocking his approval ratings up, while the right… keeps knocking his approval ratings up.
    I was reading about the Cuba affair and theories as to how a Mitt Romney would have handled it and they quoth him saying he’d assassinate other world leaders…

  2. The not-so-great divide.
    Apparently believing his own angry, divisive rhetoric hasn’t done the trick, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch has moved into calling on cops to split New York into their friends and their enemies.

    A recording of Lynch addressing PBA delegates reveals that he is also pointing his members toward an unlawful rule-book slowdown as a tactic in warring with Mayor de Blasio.
    Read More
    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/editorial-enemy-pat-article-1.2050367

  3. I’m rejecting the violence done…

    Yes, I understand the anger here after what went down in Ferguson and NYC. Still, ‘eye for an eye’ doesn’t solve the real problem here and that is the massive gulf of mistrust between police officers and the people.

  4. This story MUST be fake. I thought it was Obama’s fault the cops got shot. I thought he had “blood on his hands.” This must be from The Onion or something.

  5. I’ve been reading some comments on other sites and a lot of right-wingers are saying that the protesters were chanting we want dead cops, death to the cops. Of course, when I asked them to cite a link to a story or a video, I got no reply. The right-wing is out of control and I don’t know what we are going to do about it.

    It’s people like Giuliani, Limbaugh, Beck, and the Fox Propaganda Network that are stirring up trouble. I think of lot of these troublemakers on the right have gone way past any 1st amendment rights they may have, they are inciting people, and that IS against the law.

  6. i absolutely agree with Terry LF..what with laws being enacted to forbid people from giving food to the poor in the streets in florida-to not being able to photograph police. how many freedoms do we have to lose and how many black men and children have to be killed before we all work to change things. we live in a country where too many people rely on Fox news to do their thinking for them. if you tell lies often enough and strongly enough they start to sound like the truth. their needs to be more voices refuting those lies..
    claudia w

  7. As a liberal I take umbrage with being asked for non-violence. The people – whether it is “Fox News Hero” Cliven Bundy supporters or “Everyman Victim” Eric Garner supporters need to be able to voice their concerns at public meetings, in the media, and on the streets without fear of violent retribution from the government.

    The man who shot the police officers in NY acted alone and he was hot and now that’s over with, even though it would be a great opportunity to discuss why this man had a gun – it has nothing to do with peaceful protests. It’s unfortunate that Cliven Bundy’s supporters have been shooting law enforcement officials since at least last summer and no one seems to want the police to step up their actions on Bundy. Why is that?

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