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December 24, 2014 4:27 pm

Was NYC Cop Killer Influenced by Radical Islam?

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When Ismaaiyl Brinsley set out to murder two New York City police officers, his motive may have been more than revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, the two men killed by police. Brinsley appears to have been influenced by Islamic extremism.

On his Instagram account several months ago, Brinsley revealed he was planning to visit “Al-Farooq Tomorrow inshallah.” This appears to be a reference to Masjid Al-Farooq in Brooklyn, a mosque with a history of hosting terror sympathizers and allegedly raising funds for al-Qaeda.

Images from Brinsley’s Facebook page (now removed) captured by the website Jihad Watch, reveal he posted one of the most controversial quotes from the Quaran (8:60) in March:

And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know (but) whom Allah knows. And whatever you spend in the cause of Allah will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged.

Brinsley also shares that he speaks Arabic. Brinsley reportedly ran with the Black Guerrilla Family street gang.

But Brinsley’s interaction with Islam reveals an attraction to the violence that characterizes extremist groups and a lack of familiarity with the religion’s basic tenents. On social media, Brinsley related his fistfight last month with a panhandler in Atlanta. The brawl ended, Brinsley said, when he discovered the man was also a Muslim: “We Good Now, its All Love.” Brinsley invited the panhandler to join him for a beer at a bar. Alcohol consumption is forbidden in the Muslim religion.

Hours before the New York City shooting, Brinsley shot his sometime girlfriend Shaneka Thompson in her Baltimore home. She is expected to make a full recovery.

The New York City Police Department declined to tell whether it is investigating the shooting as a terror act.

Paul Miller is a contributor to’s parent organization, the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity. This article was originally published by

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  • Haym

    This is great journalism. Why isn’t anyone else reporting this? Oh that’s right, because the MSM is the PR firm for Islamic extremism.

  • He spoke some Arabic? This is the first reporting of seen anywhere of that critical fact.

    I speak about a dozen languages. I can tell you, Arabic is no easy pick-up.

    The article seems to contradict itself, saying that he spoke Arabic, yet saying a couple paragraphs later that Brinsley didn’t seem very fluent in the religion of Islam. What American, besides perhaps military personnel, would take the time to learn Arabic?

    • Haym

      My guess is he spoke a little Arabic and decided to claim on Social Media that he spoke the language. Most people of any faith are greatly flawed in their practicing. Being Muslims Drinking Alcohol, Jews who eat shell fish etc.

      His time in prison and gang relationship may be why he spoke some or was fluent in Arabic. Many Black gangs inside and outside prison have embraced Islam and therefore its language.

  • Is the Pope Catholic?

  • Wolff Bachner

    There is no misunderstanding of Islam’s basic tenants. It is a supremacist social / political masquerading as a religion. The goals of Islam are the elimination of all other religions, a global caliphate and Sharia law for all of humanity. Killing every living Jew on earth is also required in Islam to commence the final apocalypse that will destroy every non-Muslim on earth and create an Islamic paradise on Earth.Anyone who claims otherwise really needs to READ THE QUR’AN.

    If anyone wishes to dispute me, I can post every single one of the more than 100 Passages in the Qur’an that prove what I am saying beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    It is well past time that we stop providing cover for Islam and start telling the truth. Islam is SIMPLY A DANGER TO ANYONE WHO LOVES FREEDOM AND CHERISHES FREE WILL.