The story is told in part by two officers, Anthony Campos and Rafael Ramos, who were riding on the same bicycle when the two were fatally shot by a sniper.
The video footage was recorded by a bystander and uploaded to YouTube by the pair’s widow, Tania Ramos, on June 18, 2016.
In the video, Campos can be seen sitting in the back of the squad car, the front of which has a sniper’s crosshairs.
As he stares at the two men lying in the road, he says, “I have to do something.
This is my life, and I have to protect this.
I have nothing else to do.
I can’t just walk away.”
Campos’ brother, Joe Campos, tells the New York Post that the officer’s response to the sniper was “inhumane.”
“The sniper was shooting at me.
I’m a policeman.
I am a soldier,” Joe Campo says.
“I’m not going to sit around waiting for him to finish his job.”
Ramos, who is black, says he saw a gunman shoot two of his colleagues, but he did not hear a single shot.
“He didn’t say anything to us.
He didn’t make any noise.
He just went in the vehicle and started shooting,” Ramos says.
The sniper shot at Campos’ bike, which was parked next to the squad cars.
Ramos and his wife were shot in the abdomen.
They were taken to a hospital in Harlem, where they died.
Two weeks after the shooting, the NYPD released the video and a letter to the families of the two slain officers.
“The NYPD is deeply saddened by the death of Officer Ramos and Officer Campos.
Both men were dedicated officers who sacrificed themselves for the protection of all New Yorkers,” the letter read.
“We send our condolences to their families, as well as to the Ramos and Campos families, who are mourning these tragic events.”
Campo was shot in both arms and in the shoulder by the sniper.
He was also hit in the left calf and leg.
A week after the killing, Campo was charged with second-degree murder and conspiracy.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Ramos was shot four times, once in the head and once in his right hip.
He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was placed on leave.
Both officers were given a medical discharge after being found not to be impaired by drugs.