- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
The suspect was identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, of Atlanta. Witnesses recounted that they saw him shoot several times through the passenger side of the window striking both officers in the head. He was chased by nearby officers to a subway station where police believe he shot himself and died.
"Two of the city's finest were shot and killed with no warning,
no provocation, they were quite simply assassinated," Bratton stated.
"Targeted for their uniforms, and for the responsibility they embraced
to keep the people of this city safe.
While sitting in a marked NYPD police car, in full uniform,
both were ambushed and murdered.
Officers Liu and Ramos never had the opportunity to draw their weapons;
they may never have actually even seen their assailant, their murderer."
Styskal first became aware of the fundraising project through the non-profit website, LEO Only, which was created for law enforcement professionals, both active and retired, to help provide for the families of fallen officers. The web group promoted the t-shirt sales to its members and the 84th Precinct itself placed fliers announcing the fundraiser throughout all of the city police districts. Styskal, who is nearing retirement in July after 25 years of service, explained that he felt a close connection to the NYPD. He had attended both memorials for the officers and wanted to do something for the families; he decided to help with the fundraising project.
"I felt it was important to get involved in a bigger way
and to have my Department participate as well," Styskal recalled.
"I wanted everyone there to realize how fortunate we are."
"Officer Cooper was great, he was very willing to help me," Styskal commented.
"I explained to him what I wanted to do, and he was the one
who extended that idea to the rest of the Department.
It turned out that we had an overwhelming amount of support from fellow officers and friends and family who wanted to give to the families."
"The members of the 84th were visibly taken
The 84th presented the Department with an NYPD patch from their department and in turn, the West Caldwell officers presented them with one of their own. The West Caldwell Police Department patch will be displayed at the front desk of the 84th, along with patches from officers around the country who came to support the NYPD and the Ramos and Liu family.
"They were overwhelming thankful for all our support and
we were so humbled by their hospitality and
honored to be able to help the families," Styskal expressed.
After all is said and done, the families will be taken care of."
"Being a cop is a humbling experience and
we are constantly aware of how dangerous our job is.
As Officers Liu and Ramos' families well know, in a blink of an eye
we may not be going home to our loved ones," Styskal expressed.
"As far as I'm concerned, my work is more than a job, it's a passion.
All of the people who are in this business,
regardless of its dangers, we all love doing it."