Some media has been busy today trying to distance Ismaaiyl Brinsley from the protesters, painting him as a disconnected ‘random crazy’. This was a common trick anytime an Occupy member would commit a crime, “Oh he wasn’t really a protester”. At the latest police presser on the NYPD cop killing, Chief Boyce said that the police were still looking into the question of whether Ismaaiyl Brinsley was involved in any of the protests.

Well, look no more, Chief.

Talk to Brinsley’s friends, Awk Smith and Paul Yawney. They spoke to the Daily Mail in New York. Why aren’t local media running this?

Via Daily Mail:

One of Brinsley’s friends, Awk Smith, spoke to in Brooklyn – feet away from the crime scene – to describe how Brinsley had been ‘acting strange’ in the wake of the Eric Garner grand jury trial.

Father-of-six Garner was killed by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who arrested him for selling loose cigarettes on the street, then held him in a fatal chokehold

The killing provoked global outrage, sparked violent protests across the US, and exposed severe racial divisions in New York City.

Mr Smith, who was a member of rap outfit P.Y. Gang with Brinsley, described their recent practises: ‘We all noticed he was acting strange… different, it was kind of like he wasn’t there when you spoke to him. He wasn’t saying very much and he wasn’t performing. He had a different kind of passion.’

Another member of the group, Paul Yawney, said Brinsley took part in the recent anti-police protests.

Yawney said: ‘He posted motivational stuff on Instagram and went to the protests. I think this really came as a shock to a lot of us. He shot his girlfriend this morning then went to shoot those cops. It’s scary to think that’s what he was thinking.’

Believing Garner killed because of racism(thanks race baiters) appears to have been a triggering factor for Brinsley, if this account is accurate.