#NYPDLivesMatter, A Message Echoing #BlackLivesMatter, Is The Right Response To NYPD "Assassinations"

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: People walk by a New York Police Department (NYPD) outpost in Times Square on August 12, 2013 in New York City. The controversial policy employed by the NYPD in high crime neighborhoods known as stop and frisk, has been given a severe rebuke by a federal judge on Monday. U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin has appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to the NYPD's stop and frisk tactic's after finding that it intentionally discriminates based on race. Both New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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On Saturday, in a shooting described by New York City officials as an "execution" and an "assassination," two New York City Police Department officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were fatally shot by a man believed to be Ismaaiyl Brinsley. Brinsley, who was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after the shooting, allegedly shot his former girlfriend in Maryland earlier Saturday, and had posted vitriolic anti-police messages on social media. By Saturday night, #NYPDLivesMatter began trending on Twitter in an echo to #BlackLivesMatter, a hashtag thousands used in response to the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, and others.

The NYPD and other nationwide police departments have come under fire in recent months for the shooting deaths of unarmed black men and women; the NYPD, in particular, was implicated in the chokehold death of Eric Garner this summer. The hashtag #NYPDLivesMatter serves to remind us that, regardless of the anger and heartbreak that has been directed at the NYPD and other police departments, every life in every department, and outside of it, holds immense value. Just like #BlackLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter before it, #NYPDLivesMatter is at its core the simple sentiment that all lives, regardless of race or profession or background, matter.

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One person posted a screenshot of what's alleged to be Ramos' son's Facebook post.

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Others noted that #NYPDLivesMatter hadn't provoked the backlash that #BlackLivesMatter did; some voiced their belief that the killings would be investigated more thoroughly than Garner's and Brown's and others' had.

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Other commentators felt they couldn't support both #BlackLivesMatter and #NYPDLivesMatter.

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