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Killer of NYPD Officer Suffered from Mental Illness, Family Says

According to the shooter's girlfriend he was a paranoid schizophrenic who stopped taking his medication.

The fatal shooting of a New York Police Department officer has left a community devastated as police try to piece together a motive for the murder. The shooter, who had posted anti-police sentiments online, suffered from a mental illness, according to his girlfriend and family.


Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, was parked in a police vehicle in the Bronx just after midnight on Wednesday when Alexander Bonds fired a single fatal shot. Familia was struck in the head and later died at the hospital. Bonds was shot and killed by police about a block away from where he shot Familia.

According to the New York Times, Familia was the first female officer to be killed in the line of duty since 9/11, as well as the third female officer in the history of the NYPD to be killed in a combat encounter.

Police Commissioner O'Neill said Familia "was assassinated in an unprovoked attack."

Bonds, 34, appeared to have suffered from a mental illness. The night of the murder, his girlfriend called 911 to report that he was "irrational and erratic," as well as "paranoid." According to the New York Post, Bonds' girlfriend reported to investigators on Wednesday that Bonds was a schizophrenic who stopped taking his medication.

Bonds' girlfriend called for help three times on the night of the killing but police could not locate her or Bonds.

Bonds was hospitalized in June following a breakdown.

"He kept saying he was going to kill someone," said Bonds' aunt, Nancy Kearse, to the New York Times. "He was very angry."

Police are also investigating a video Bonds previously posted online, in which he said of a possible confrontation with police, "I'm not hesitating. It ain't happening. I wasn't a bitch in jail and I'm not going to be a bitch in these streets."

In 2001 Bonds attacked a police officer while wearing brass knuckles, the New York Post reported police sources as saying. He served jail time for a robbery charge and has been out on parole since 2013.

But his family does not believe the motive was police bias.

"They do paint him as a really bad person, and I get it," Kearse told the Times. "My heart really goes out to that family, but he is no cop killer."

Bonds and Familia reportedly did not know each other.

Familia was a 12-year veteran on the force. She had a large family that included her three children, her mother and many siblings. Family members reported to media outlets that Familia just requested the midnight shift several weeks ago so she could spend more time with her family during the summer.

John Cuello, Familia's nephew, remembered his aunt as "a warrior," according to the Times.

"She was a warrior, tell you the truth," he said. "She was a fighter, she was tough — and that was the job for her."

"She was like a very tough girl," her sister Adriana Sanchez told the New York Daily News. "She said she wanted to protect the city from all those crazies — and look what happened."

It was in Familia's nature to take care of others, family members indicated. She was also a trained nurse and worked with the Red Cross as well as New York University Hospital prior to joining the NYPD. Even after sustaining a leg injury while on the job in 2014, Familia opted to keep working.

"She wasn't ready to retire," Ernest Sanchez, Familia's brother-in-law, told the Daily News. "She was hurt on the job, but she wanted to continue working."

Adriana Sanchez, Familia's sister, told the Daily News that Familia's children are numb — as is she.

"They were like, 'Who's going to take care of us now?'" she said.

"I'm totally numb," Sanchez also said. "I don't believe this is happening."

Despite increased tensions between community members and law enforcement in some areas, one local resident remembered Familia as always smiling.

"I know there's a lot of distress about lack of justice in our community," Vivian Gomez, who lived in the same apartment complex as Familia, told the Washington Post. "She's a real face behind the badge."

"I never heard her say, 'I dislike my job' or 'It's tough,'" Gomez said. "She always had a smile on her face."

City and law enforcement officials responded to the shooting as well.

"She was on duty, serving this city, protecting people, doing what she believed in and doing the job she loved," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference Wednesday morning. "And after this shocking and sudden attack, her fellow officers came to her aid immediately."

"Always remember that Officer Familia lived to protect us, and her legacy protects us still," said Police Commissioner O'Neill. "In the days, weeks and months ahead, we will grieve and remember this selfless public servant who dedicated her life to caring for others."

The shooting echoed a similar attack on NYPD in 2014, at which time two officers were shot at point-blank range in Brooklyn. Both officers, who were also sitting in their police vehicle at the time, were killed.

Other attacks on law enforcement shook the nation in 2016. Last July, five officers were killed in Dallas, and nine were wounded. Less than two weeks later, two officers were fatally shot in Baton Rouge, La.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, when comparing January 1 through July 5 for 2016 and 2017, 2017 has seen a slight uptick in law enforcement fatalities. For firearms specifically, there is a 9 percent increase from this year versus last year. Overall, though, the number of police fatalities has been on the decline, not peaking 200 since 2007. The highest number of police fatalities on the job in the last 40 years (with the exception of 2001) was in 1979, when 217 officers reportedly died on the job. In 2001 the number was 242.

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Racial Attack on Black Woman in NYC Being Investigated as Hate Crime

A white man stabbed Ann Marie Washington in a subway station and "started punching her in her face because she was Black," a witness said.

A 57-year-old Black woman is recovering from surgery to repair a collapsed lung because while exiting a subway in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was punched in the mouth and stabbed by a white man who called her a "Black b--ch" The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack as a hate crime.

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Niecy Nash Wants Racists to Call 1-844- WYT- FEAR

A satirical phone line with a real message for racist white people calling the police on Black people for no reason.

Comedienne Niecy Nash teamed up with the New York Times to create a real 800 number for white people who are afraid of Black people to call, instead of calling the police.

It's an answer to all the nonsense calls that have put Blacks in danger of contact with authorities (who notoriously have a dangerous relationship), and a wake-up call to white people that are racist, and apparently don't know it.

911 dispatchers not wanting to pass along the calls made by white people may want to give out this number to save racists embarrassment, jobs, death threats, and save time and emergency resources for those who really need it— like EMS for Blacks being shot by police, perhaps?

Nash tweeted:

It provides options in English and Spanish and encourages white people who are uncomfortable with Spanish to protect their ears and push no. 1.

In the commercial for the number, Nash says it's "a radical new product that will save you all the headaches from being filmed and outed as a racist douche."

She continues explaining, "Our experienced staff have been living while Black their entire lives ... It's a real number, for real white people who should mind their own damn business."

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Many on social media responded in applause:

As #WhileBlack incidents continue to increase in the spotlight, others have offered solutions for the problem of white fear.

Several months ago a New York Senator, Jesse Hamilton, who represents the Brownsville, Crown Heights, and Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, proposed a hate crime law after a Trump supporter called the police on him while he was campaigning.

This 800 number is sure to be called by many people of color and their allies who seek a good laugh, but the point remains —calling 911 for no good reason is a problem that is more dangerous than it is ridiculous.

3 Members of Racist Gang 'Proud Boys' Finally Arrested After Brutally Beating Protesters

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blames Trump and Republicans for the violence. But, New York City has a history of violence from racists.

The far-right men's organization "Proud Boys" violently beat protesters Friday night following a Republican event in Manhattan. After inaction by the New York Police Department during the attack, three members of the racist gang were arrested — finally.

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Black Restaurant Owner Arrested for Helping Unconscious White Woman Sues NYPD

"You're not a physician or any s--- like that tonight," an NYPD supervisor told Dr. Clyde Pemberton.

Dr. Clyde Pemberton, a Black restaurant owner and retired psychiatrist in Harlem, sued the NYPD for his arrest after he helped an unconscious white woman in his restaurant.

When Pemberton tried to tell the white supervisor from the 28th precinct that he was a doctor, the officer interrupted him:

"You're not a physician or any s--- like that tonight," Pemberton recalled.

The federal lawsuit is claiming a #WhileBlack moment— removal of the right to be a professional and business owner.

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School Rejects Black Child for His Dreadlocks, Calls Police on His Dad: #GrowingUpWhileBlack

C.J. Stanley Sr. walked his son outside of the school, and filmed his reaction to discrimination.

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C.J. Stanley Sr. took his six-year-old son to A Book Christian Academy in Apopka, Fla., for his first day at school, but C.J. Jr. was turned away because of his dreadlocks. The school had a policy on no long hair for boys, and the fact that C.J. offered to put his hair in a pony tail didn't help.

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Driver Tells Cops She's a 'Clean, Thoroughbred, White Girl' in Attempt to Avoid Arrest

"Becky privilege" didn't work in this South Carolina driver's favor.

Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw was driving while intoxicated in Bluffton, S.C., and ran a stop sign at 60 miles per hour. When officers stopped Cutshaw, she thought her white privilege would earn her a pass, but it didn't.

The 32-year-old told officers she's a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl." And, when police asked what that had to do with anything, she said, "You're a cop, you should know what that means," the Bluffton Police Department's report said, according to The Island Packet.

Cutshaw said she only had two glasses of wine, to celebrate her birthday, before driving (she had a .18 percent blood alcohol level). And, other reasons she said shouldn't be arrested include her perfect grades, the fact was a cheerleader and sorority girl, and her partner is a cop.

"Making statements such as these as a means to justify not being arrested are unusual in my experience as a law enforcement officer and I believe further demonstrate the suspect's level of intoxication," the report states. But drunk driving was only one of the charges issued against Cutshaw early Saturday morning.

She was also arrested on charges of speeding, disregarding a stop sign, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, the New York Post reports.

When Cutshaw told the officers, "You're a cop, you should know what that means," she insinuated that white people, or more specifically, white women, could be excused for breaking the law, in this case traffic violations.

And she wasn't far from the truth.

Black and Latino drivers are more likely to be arrested during traffic stops.

The Stanford Open Policing Project analyzes the rates at which police stop motorists in locations across the country.

"After accounting for age, gender, and location, we find that officers ticket, search, and arrest Black and Hispanic drivers more often than whites," the report states. "For example, when pulled over for speeding, Black drivers are 20 percent more likely to get a ticket (rather than a warning) than white drivers, and Hispanic drivers are 30 percent more likely to be ticketed than white drivers."

Bluffton Police Department officers actually searched Cutshaw's car, which is not the usual as "Black and Hispanic motorists are about twice as likely to be searched compared to white drivers," according to Stanford researchers.

They also documented that discrimination plays a role in vehicle searches:

"In our data, the success rate of searches (or the hit rate) is generally lower for Hispanic drivers compared to whites; so the outcome test indicates Hispanics face discrimination."

"This week, new data released concurs with the Stanford researchers' findings."

An analysis of more than 20 million stops in North Carolina since 2002 found Blacks are 95 percent more likely to be pulled over than whites and 115 percent more likely to be searched after being stopped. The research is included in a newly published book called, "Suspect Citizens."

Cutshaw happens to be in the minority of white traffic violators who've received a ticket, had her car searched and got arrested.

Ving Rhames Held at Gunpoint by Cops at His Home After Neighbor Reports 'Large Black Man' Breaking In

"I get up, I open the door, there's a red dot pointed at my face from a 9 millimeter," the "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" actor said.

As stories of white people calling 911 on Black people for no reason continue to circulate on social media, actor Ving Rhames revealed that his celebrity status hasn't shielded him from racial profiling — a neighbor called the cops on Rhames for simply walking into his home.

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White Man Calls Cops on Black Woman at Dollar General for using Too Many Coupons

#Trump2020 supporter family member calls the woman a B*tch on Facebook

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Madonna Wilburn, an avid couponer from Buffalo, N.Y., went to the Dollar General to buy laundry detergent and other items and was told by the cashier, Ken Dudek, that they hate people like her. Her question: Hate Black people? Hate couponers?

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