This past weekend, the entire country has been on alert after the shooting deaths of two NYPD police officers.
The alleged shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley was said to have had a beef with police and that the death of Eric Garner pushed him over the limit. He is said to have jumped on a bus and rode all the way to the Bed-Stuy section of New York where he ambushed and killed officer Weijuan Liu and Rafael Ramos.
Since the shooting, we’ve heard almost everything about the life of Brinsley. But, there’s been a major piece of this puzzle missing.
Before he hit the road and set out on his alleged mission, Ismaaiyl shot his ex-girlfriend before he even made the trek via bus to the Empire State.
It was the family members of his ex-girlfriend who alerted the police to his trip to New York.
Since the dual murders in New York, we have yet to her a mention about his girlfriend. Not a mention of her name or what she did for a living. No mention of how she met or what pushed him to kill her first.
No mention of what she meant to her family or how much of a presence she had in her community. No mention of friends who miss her. Nothing.
No, the media along with the likes of Pat Lynch and Al Sharpton have been so busy trying to change the narrative into that of a police killing animal who was inspired by the anti-police rhetoric that we’ve been hearing as of late.
Thanks to that, we’ve heard that Brinsley might’ve been a member of the Crips. Early in the investigation, we were told that it was an organized killing planned by the gang. We found out that he hated cops. We learned that he felt empathy for Eric Garner and other un-armed Black lives lost. Still, we don’t know who she is.
No discussion as to why he would begin his killing spree with someone who was considered to be in love with? Was she a cop? Did she do anything that day that led him to try to take her life? Was she unarmed? Was she ambushed?
Why am I the only one asking this? We’ve found his Instagram account and know that he let the world know how he felt before he allegedly took off on two cops
“I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs.”
We’ve pulled pictures of him from weeks ago, yet no picture of her.
We know what his last post on Facebook said,
“I Always Wanted To Be Known For Doing Something Right,” Brinsley wrote. “But My Past Is Stalking Me And My Present Is Haunting Me.”
But we can’t find her name?
It’s almost like she’s not part of this story because her story is moot. This is supposed to be about a cop killer who hates cops like we all hate cops. That’s supposed to be it. But I can’t believe that’s it.
We haven’t grown into that callous of a society that we can ignore the death of a human being just to make a point. That’s not our society, is it?
It is. We have ignored the lives of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner and more in order to prove a point. They become things and not people in order to satisfy the talking heads and pundits from both sides of the political fence who see this target as something to boost their Q ratings.
So I guess I shouldn’t be shocked that throughout the drama that took place this weekend, no one mentioned her name.
We’ll hear more names. Pat Lynch, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Bill Di Blasio, we’ll hear their names on repeat. We’ll hear the name of Ismaaiyl Brinsely. We’ll tear up as they mention the names of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
The one name we don’t hear, is Shaneka Thompson. She was 29-years old and a resident of Baltimore. She was shot dead Sunday morning.
But I guess her name doesn’t matter.