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Ripple effects from weekend killings of police in NY, Florida reach Minnesota

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Minnesota's police officers and protest community are both feeling the ripple effects after two police officers were killed while sitting in their squad car in New York City Saturday.

The apparent gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, had vowed on social media to put "wings on pigs," implying it was in retaliation for the deaths of black men at the hands of white police officers, NBC New York reports. After ambushing officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, Brinsley ran into the Subway and killed himself.

This wasn't the only act of violence committed against police officers this weekend. A man trying to avoid arrest in Florida shot at a police officer and then ran him over early Sunday, killing the officer, USA Today reports.

These incidents have put police departments around the country on high alert, FOX News says, reminding officers to wear bulletproof vests, to avoid posting "inflammatory statements" on social media, to not make arrests unless necessary, and to not patrol alone.

However, there was no change in protocol or procedures for Twin Cities police departments this weekend, the Star Tribune reports.

“They go to roll call every day thinking this type of thing is possible,” Scott Seroka, Minneapolis police spokesman, told the newspaper.

Some police departments took to social media to express their condolences for the slain officers, while noting the challenges officers have faced in recent weeks as people around the country – and in the Twin Cities – protest police violence.

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Former Minneapolis police chief Tony Bouza told the Star Tribune the killing of the officers was "an Earth-moving event that's going to have wide and serious repercussions," but said blaming Black Lives Matter demonstrators "would be a huge mistake."

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, which demonstrated at Mall of America over the weekend, expressed their condolences for the officers in a Facebook post, writing in part, "An eye for an eye is not our vision of justice." Their movement, they say, is to end violence – all violence – in the community.

Organizers also wrote: "Now is our moment to advance a dramatic overhaul of policing practices. Now is the time to direct more resources into community mental health services and practices."

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