Robert Boyce, chief of detectives at the New York Police Department, held a press conference late Sunday, speaking on the assassination of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28.
The second press conference held by NYPD since the shooting provided more details about Brinsley.
Born into a Muslim family in Brooklyn, he had not expressed any Muslim radicalization at all. Brinsley’s mother said that she had not spoken to her son in about a month and that he was estranged from his two sisters, Boyce said.
The killer also expressed “self-despair” and anger at himself. (Brinsley’s Facebook and Instagram accounts — which featured a photo of Brinsley in a “Brooklyn” hat in front of a City of Compton sign — have since been deactivated.)
He was active on social media, however, with the NYPD’s Boyce saying that Brinsley posted “rants” primarily on Instagram that expressed “anger against the government, including the police, burning the American flag.” The posts were not religious, Boyce said.
Boyce said Brinsley’s rampage began before 6 a.m. Saturday in Maryland, when he used a key that he was not supposed to have to let himself into the apartment of an ex-girlfriend.
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