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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio calls for pause in anti-police protests after killing of two officers

After the shocking murder of two police officers in Brooklyn last Saturday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for a suspension in the largely anti-police protests that have swept the city — and the nation — following the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island at the hands of police officers.

"Put aside protests," Mayor de Blasio said Monday in a speech. "That can be for another day."

Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were killed Saturday afternoon when suspect Ismaaiyl Brinsley allegedly walked up to the passenger side of their patrol car and fired. Police Commissioner William Bratton called the act an assassination, and said Monday on the Today show that "the targeting of these two police officers was a direct spinoff…of these demonstrations."