Russell Simmons on NYPD Deaths: 'There Is No Blood on Anyone's Hands Except Those of the Killer'

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Russell Simmons leaves the Golden Globe After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. 

On Saturday, Dec. 20, Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and criticially wounded his ex-girlfriend Shaneka Thompson in Baltimore, then traveled to Brooklyn and killed two NYPD officers, Officer Liu and Officer Ramos. Two days later, Russell Simmons shares his thoughts on the matter and on president of police union Pat Lynch on Huffington Post.

Simmons addresses Lynch directly, and touches on Lynch's misplaced blame on Mayor de Blasio and his disrespectful comments, saying that: "There is no 'war' that will be waged upon our communities by your, I mean OUR officers, there is no blood on anyone's hands except those of the killer, and there is no demonizing hundreds of thousands of people who have peacefully exercised their first amendment right marching in the streets for an end to violence."

"It is disappointing to witness how disrespectful Pat Lynch has been to Mayor de Blasio for trying to reform a department in much need of transformation, yet he was SILENT when the leader of his police department was far more direct in his criticism," he continues.

Simmons -- Founder of Global Grind and music mogul -- references NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton's October speech, and while he diagrees with some of Bratton's policies, he agrees with him on the corruption and racism within the NYPD.

"However, like Commissioner Bratton and Mayor de Blasio, I am anti-police brutality, anti-police corruption and anti-racist. And I am certainly a strong believer that the police cannot be policed by those they work with everyday, the local county district attorney's office. We will no longer live in a city where the police can police themselves."

Simmons finishes his piece strong: "I pray for unity in the city, as pain runs deep in many communities. But, we will no longer tolerate those, like Pat Lynch, who want to create more pain by attempting to divide the people and those who have taken an oath to protect and serve them."


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