(AP) The family of Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has released a statement condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City officers.
The statement released Saturday by the Parks & Crump law firm says Brown’s family rejects “any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot be tolerated.”
It calls on citizens to “work together to bring peace to our communities.”
The brief statement concludes saying, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers’ families during this incredibly difficult time.”
A Missouri grand jury refused to indict the white officer who shot Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.
The New York Police Department says a gunman who ambushed two officers in their car told two passers-by to “watch what I’m going to do.”
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley talked to people on the street just moments before the shooting and told them to follow him on the social media site Instagram.
Boyce said Brinsley had a criminal history with at least 19 arrests and his family told police he tried to hang himself last year.
Brinsley approached a parked squad car from behind on Saturday and opened fire, fatally striking two officers before killing himself. Hours earlier, he had shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend at her home outside Baltimore.
Boyce says Brinsley had ranted online about police and government and expressed despair about his own life.
A timeline of events in the hours before and moments after two New York Police Department officers were killed in their cruiser Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a 28-year-old man who vowed online to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.
5:48 a.m. – Baltimore County police are dispatched to Brinsley’s ex-girlfriend’s home in the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills, Maryland. Brinsley had shot the 29-year-old woman in the stomach and fled with her phone. She’s expected to survive.
6:05 a.m. – Brinsley calls his ex-girlfriend’s mother and tells her he shot her daughter by accident and hopes she will survive.
6:35 a.m. – Brinsley boards a bus to New York City.
10:50 a.m. – The bus arrives in Manhattan.
12:07 p.m. – Brinsley discards his ex-girlfriend’s phone in Brooklyn.
1:30 p.m. – Police in Baltimore discover Brinsley has made posts from his Instagram account that threaten to kill officers. They determine the posts are being made from Brooklyn.
2:10 p.m. – Police in Baltimore call the 70th precinct in New York, advising the NYPD that the phone of a suspect in the Owings Mills shooting is pinging in Brooklyn. The two police departments discuss the Instagram posts during the call, and a wanted poster of Brinsley is faxed to the NYPD with information about Brinsley.
2:45 p.m. – Brinsley walks up to two people on the street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, asks them to follow him on Instagram and tells them, “Watch what I’m going to do.”
2:47 p.m. – Brinsley approaches the passenger window of a marked police car and opens fire, striking Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in the head, killing them. He takes off running as officers pursue him to a nearby subway station, where he shoots himself in the head.
2:50 p.m. – The Baltimore Police Department sends a teletype with the same information contained on the wanted poster to the NYPD’s real-crime center at police headquarters.