The family of Michael Brown condemned the shooting of two New York police officers, hours after they were killed ambush-style without warning on Saturday.

"We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot be tolerated. We must work together to bring peace to our communities," the family said in a statement posted on their attorney, Benjamin Crump's Twitter page.

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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers' families during this incredibly difficult time."

A gunman shot and killed Wenjian Liu and Raphael Ramos in their patrol cars before taking his own life in a Brooklyn neighborhood.

"They were, quite simply, assassinated, targeted for their uniform and the responsibility they embraced," an obviously shaken New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said at press conference Saturday evening. "Both were ambushed and murdered."