Of­fi­cer’s killer ranted about po­lice

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz The As­so­ci­ated Press

NEW YORK» A killer who strode up to a mo­bile po­lice com­mand post and put a bul­let in an of­fi­cer’s head Wed­nes­day had ranted in a Face­book video in Septem­ber about law of­fi­cers killing and abus­ing peo­ple and warned them to leave him alone or “we gonna do some­thing.”

“I’m not play­ing, Mr. Of­fi­cer. I don’t care about 100 po­lice watch­ing this,” 34-year-old ex­con­vict Alexan­der Bonds said, adding: “It’s time for peo­ple to wisen up.”

Ten months later, Bonds went up to the RV-like com­mand post in the Bronx and am­bushed Of­fi­cer Mioso­tis Fa­milia, shoot­ing her through the pas­sen­ger side win­dow as she wrote in her note­book around 12:30 a.m.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner James O’Neill said Fa­milia was “as­sas­si­nated in an un­pro­voked at­tack on cops.”

Fa­milia’s part­ner fran­ti­cally ra­dioed for help, and of­fi­cers caught up with Bonds about a block away and killed him in a hail of about 20 bul­lets when he pulled a stolen re­volver, po­lice said. He didn’t get off a shot, au­thor­i­ties said. The burst of gun­fire as the Fourth of July wound down ini­tially was mis­taken by some peo­ple for fire­works.

The 48-year-old Fa­milia was a 12-year vet­eran of the po­lice force who spent her en­tire ca­reer with the New York Po­lice Depart­ment in the high-crime Bronx precinct. The com­mand post there had been set up and staffed around the clock since a triple shoot­ing in March.

Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said Fa- milia “was on duty serv­ing this city, pro­tect­ing peo­ple, do­ing what she be­lieved in.”

Po­lice said they were try­ing to es­tab­lish the mo­tive for the shoot­ing.

While ten­sions have been run­ning high in re­cent years be­tween po­lice and black peo­ple around the coun­try, there was no im­me­di­ate in­di­ca­tion the killing had a racial di­men­sion. Bonds was black; Fa­milia was black and His­panic, her fam­ily hav­ing come from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic. She ap­par­ently had no pre­vi­ous con­tact with him.

Still, the at­tack re­called the 2014 am­bush killings of two New York of­fi­cers who were gunned down in their cruiser by a man who had an­nounced on­line mo­ments be­fore that he was plan­ning to shoot two “pigs” in re­tal­i­a­tion for the po­lice choke­hold death of Eric Garner, an un­armed black man. The gun­man, 28-year-old Is­maaiyl Brins­ley, then killed him­self.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions called Fa­milia’s killing a “mur­der in cold blood.”

“Sadly, it is the lat­est in a trou­bling se­ries of at­tacks on po­lice of­fi­cers over the past two years. These at­tacks must stop,” he said in a state­ment.

Bonds was seen on video leav­ing a con­ve­nience store, mov­ing tightly along the wall, pulling a hoodie over his head and walk­ing pur­pose­fully to­ward the com­mand post ve­hi­cle with gloved hands, po­lice said. The video didn’t cap­ture the shoot­ing but showed Bonds run­ning away with a gun, po­lice said.

New pa­trol cars rolled out by the NYPD have bul­let­proof glass, and older ve­hi­cles are be­ing fit­ted with win­dow in­serts to har­den them against gun­fire. But there are no plans to do the same with the rolling com­mand cen­ters, of­fi­cials said.

Bonds, also known as John Bonds, had been paroled in 2013 af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to eight years in prison for a 2005 armed rob­bery in Syra­cuse.

Seth Wenig, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Po­lice re­act af­ter vis­it­ing the scene where an of­fi­cer was shot and killed Wed­nes­day in the Bronx sec­tion of New York.

Mioso­tis Fa­milia had three chil­dren and lived with her mother.

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