After word got out that a pair of New York City police officers died after being shot ambush-style while sitting in their patrol car Saturday, a number of Twitter users celebrated the double murder:
Guess NYPD can't breathe after all— Brandon (@Nawshus) December 20, 2014
BREAKING: NYPD gets what they deserve.— Dan Ansom Handsome (@ChadFu) December 20, 2014
Police in New York are being criticized for their tactics following the chokehold death of Eric Garner, who was stopped by police on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Amateur video captured an officer wrapping his arm around Garner’s neck and wrestling him to the ground. Garner was heard gasping, “I can’t breathe” before he loses consciousness and later dies.
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: People demonstrate outside of City Hall against police violence at a rally that was supposed to be in support of the New York Police Department (NYPD) on December 19, 2014 in New York City. (Image source: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Demonstrators around the country have staged die-ins and other protests since a grand jury decided Dec. 3 not to indict the officer in Garner’s death, a decision that closely followed a Missouri grand jury’s refusal to indict a white officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.
*sips ice cold lemonade* RT“@radicalhearts: -Reads the news about the two cops in Brooklyn.- ... So... Anyone care for a glass of lemonade?”— Vintage Honey (@thesoulasylum) December 20, 2014
The Associated Press contributed to this story.