12.22.14: Alleged cop killer no stranger to justice system
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say the man who killed two New York City police officers was not a stranger to the criminal justice system.
They say 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley had at least 19 arrests in Georgia and Ohio, spent two years in prison for gun possession and had a troubled childhood so violent that his mother was afraid of him.
Police say before the two officers were killed Saturday, Brinsley allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend at her home in Baltimore. She’s expected to survive.
Among other things, New York City investigators are trying to find out if Ismaaily Brinsley had taken part in any protests over the deaths of black men at the hands of police before he fatally ambushed two NYPD officers and killed himself.
Meanwhile rank and file officers are being warned to wear bulletproof vests and avoid inflammatory posts on social media.