The leader of a local group associated with some of the recent protests against the use of deadly force in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown is publicly condemning Ismaaiyl Brinsley's actions killing two police officers in Brooklyn and calling for peace.
“This is something we all have to condemn," Hartford peace activist Rev. Henry Brown said. "We can’t have people killing our police officers. We’re talking about humanity here.”
Rev. Brown, who has been the voice for victims of violence in Hartford for more than a decade, is sending a message saying what happened to the two New York officers cannot happen in Connecticut.
“I have a lot of respect for the Hartford Police Department, I have a close relationship with them," Brown said. "Are all of them good? No. Just like clergy. Are all of them good? No. We all have our differences. But we don’t want people to think that its okay to kill police officers.”
He is calling for a conversation with Hartford police in efforts to establish unity and prevent a similar situation from happening in the state capital city.
"My prayers goes out to those officers families that lost their lives. We don’t want to see that again. We don’t want to see that again," Rev. Brown said. "And I’m praying that we don’t see anything like that happen again.”
Although tension remains high nationwide since the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Rev. Brown said that violence is not the answer.
"Particularly with the police union. There’s a lot of police officers who are angry today. They have to be very careful and we have to be very careful," he said. "We can’t let raw emotion get in the way of doing their job.”
Rev. Brown is planning to hold a peace rally in light of the Brooklyn fatal shooting attack.