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Monday, December 22, 2014

Protester And Police Advocate Respond To The NYPD Killings

Residents, clergy, police and others converge around a memorial during a vigil to the fallen New York City police officers at the location where they were killed on December 21, 2014 in New York City. The police officers were killed execution style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner. The suspect, who shot his girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.  (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Residents, clergy, police and others converge around a memorial during a vigil to the fallen New York City police officers at the location where they were killed on December 21, 2014 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

After the first targeted killings of New York City police officers in years, both residents and police are looking for ways to respond.

For police, they are ratcheting up precautions to prevent another incident like the shooting deaths of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos on Saturday evening.

For protesters who have for weeks been calling for justice after the choke-hold death of Eric Garner at the hands of police, many are emphasizing distance between their peaceful protests and this most recent violent backlash.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson spoke with former New York police officer Eugene O’Donnell and historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad about their views on the issue.

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