May 14, 2012

NYPD Officer Seeking To Name Street After Fallen Cop Told To Get Muslim Approval

The fallen officer was killed in a Mosque 40 years ago after Black Muslims from the Nation of Islam called in a fake "officer down." When Officer Philip Cardillo arrived at the Mosque, he and his partner were ambushed by at least 15 men. Cardillo was shot point blank. Members of the Mosque then locked the doors so other officers and medics could not help the dying man.

Only one person was arrested for the crime. No one has ever been convicted.

Now, Officer Carillo's son and fellow officers want the street named after him. But the city wants permission from the leaders of the very same Mosque:

A New York police officer seeking to rename a Harlem street for a cop gunned down inside a Manhattan mosque 40 years ago was told by local leaders to seek the blessing of area Muslims.

NYPD Officer Philip Cardillo was shot dead in an infamous 1972 incident in which police responded to a fake “officer down” call from Muhammad Mosque No. 7, the New York headquarters for the Nation of Islam. The accused gunman was later acquitted, and the city's perceived unwillingness to back the police has long been seen as a low point in relations between city government and the police department. After four decades, NYPD Inspector and local Precinct Commander Rodney Harrison wants a section of 123rd St. named after Cardillo.

"It's been 40 years," retired NYPD cop Randy Jurgensen, who was at the mosque when Cardillo was killed, told "It would be closure for the Cardillo family and the police officers there that day."

In New York, the City Council typically approves street namings on the recommendation of local Community Boards. But members of Community Board 10, which represents the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, have effectively blocked Harrison's plan by telling him to seek the approval of local Muslim leaders.

This PC insanity has to stop.

By DMartyr at 02:31 PM | Comments |