The man believed to be responsible for the ambush-style "assassination" of two police officers in New York City Saturday night invoked Eric Garner's name before putting "wings on pigs" — fatally shooting two officers sitting in their squad car.
But Garner's wife and widow disavowed violence on Sunday.
"Anyone who's standing with us, we want you to not use Eric Garner's name for violence because we are not about that," Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, told reporters. "I'm standing here in sorrow about losing those two police officers."
Esaw, Garner's widow, echoed her mother-in-law's words.
"My husband was not a violent man," she said. "We don't want violence connected to his name."
She said she felt for the families of the slain officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
"I know what [the families are] going through to lose a loved one right before the holidays," she said.
Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the 28-year-old suspect in the shooting, took his own life shortly after the shooting.
He wrote on an Instagram account: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs,” officials said.
His message was accompanied by the hashtags Shootthepolice, RIPErivGardner (sic) and RIPMikeBrown.
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