By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer
HARTFORD — Mothers United Against Violence will hold a vigil at City Hall on Wednesday for slain New York Police Officers: Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.
Forty-year-old Ramos and 32-year-old Liu were ambushed and shot at point-blank range on Saturday, while seated in a police cruiser in Brooklyn, New York.
The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, reportedly boasted about killing police officers before he headed over to Myrtle Avenue and approached the officers from behind. He fired four shots at the car and fled.
The city’s vigil will be held on Dec. 23 at noon at City Hall, 550 Main St., downtown Hartford.
Like other communities across the country, Hartford organizers said this is an opportunity to respond to a police ambush that shocked a nation.
According to NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton. Liu had been married for two months. Ramos had a 13-year-old son.
Observers said that this police ambush was a retaliation against the court verdict of the killing of innocent black people, including the recent shooting and court verdict for Michael Brown. Brown was reportedly shot in the back.
President Barack Obama said there’s no justification for murder.
Obama, on vacation in Hawaii, called Mr. Bratton on Sunday to offer condolences and later issued a statement, saying: “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.”