This photo provided by the New York Police Department shows the weapon the suspect used to killed NYPD police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the Brooklyn Borough of New York. (AP Photo/New York Police Department)
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A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man.New York police have come under intense pressure in recent weeks. Protests erupted after a grand jury declined this month to charge a white police officer involved in Garner's chokehold death during an arrest attempt in July in Staten Island borough. The killings were the first time New York City police officers have been killed by gunfire since 2011 and sparked bitter anger among some police against de Blasio, who they see as not supportive enough in the face of public anger.A Democrat who took office this year promising strong support for civil liberties in the city, he voiced support for protesters' rights after the Garner case and has agreed with activists that police need retraining, although he has not stepped away from New York's policy of cracking down on low-level offenses in an effort to stop more serious crimes.
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