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Obama 12:16am Saturday statement on NYPD Officers’ Dual Assassination

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Obama 12:16am Saturday statement on NYPD Officers’ Dual Assassination

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For the first time since we’ve been on Obama’s mailing list–2009–a press release hits at 12:16 am. After 10pm is rare, even less likely on a weekend. In Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, two cops were shot dead while sitting in their cruiser at 3pm. Then the gunman blew his head off, after running down a subway stairwell. When Mayor Bill DeBlasio later walked into the hospital, NYPD officers turned their backs. Both officers died. DeBlasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton are facing criticism from the police unions, saying they started this by allowing the Eric Garner protests. Expect Obama in New York very soon:

12:16:17 AM ES
Subject: Statement by the President

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 20, 2014

Statement by the President

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.

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