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Renaming street for slain Officer Phillip Cardillo could 'open old wounds'
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is distancing himself from the plan to name the street in front of the 28th Precinct in the slain cop's honor.
BY Thomas Tracy
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, April 13, 2014, 8:06 PM

A plan to honor a Harlem cop killed by Nation of Islam radicals is drowning under a flood of racial tensions created more than four decades ago, but no one wants to throw it a lifeline - not even the NYPD's new top cop.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is distancing himself from the controversial push to get the street in front of the 28th Precinct renamed in honor of Officer Phillip Cardillo, who was shot and killed inside a mosque run by Louis Farrakhan in 1972 - noting that the community should make the final decision.

"The Police Commissioner always welcomes the honoring and memorializing of fallen NYPD officers," Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis, the NYPD's top spokesman, said when asked if Bratton favored the street renaming. "However, the issue of street naming is primarily a decision for the community board and other local leaders."

Cardillo's family, friends, and former police officers marked the 42nd anniversary of the cop's death with an annual motorcycle ride from his grave at Calvary Cemetery in Queens to the W. 123rd St. cop shop - and were not shy about lashing out against how Bratton sidestepped the issue.
Grandson, T.J. Cardillo, 15, Son, Todd Joseph Cardillo, 41, want the street at the 28th Precinct renamed for Officer Phillip Cardillo.

"I don't think it's a good representation of his brotherhood of blue," said Christopher Cardillo, 46, the fallen cop's first cousin. "Why should the community's vote have such a strong presence when we are talking about renaming a street outside a police station for a police officer? How could that be a bad thing for the community?"

Manhattan's Community Board 10 hasn't reviewed the proposal since last May, even though advocates pushing for the renaming handed over thousands of petition signatures and Inspector Rodney Harrison, the former commanding officer of the 28th Precinct, made a personal plea to honor Cardillo.

Before the issue was shelved, board members voiced concerns that the street renaming would displease local Muslims and "open old wounds."
Cardillo's son, Todd Joseph Cardillo during the 2012 memorial. Officer Phillip Cardillo was shot and killed inside a mosque run by Louis Farrakhan in 1972.
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Cardillo's son, Todd Joseph Cardillo during the memorial. Officer Phillip Cardillowas shot and killed inside a mosque run by Louis Farrakhan in 1972. Lewis 17X Dupree, the only suspect ever charged in the 1972 slaying of Police Officer Phillip Cardillo at a Harlem mosque, was acquitted. Memorial service for slain mosque cop Officer Philip Cardillo in 1972.

Officer Phillip Cardillo was shot and killed inside a mosque run by Louis Farrakhan in 1972.

The racially-charged incident began when Cardillo, 31, and his partner, Vito Navarra, entered Mohammad Mosque No. 7 on W. 116th St. and Lenox Ave. - where Malcolm X once preached - after receiving a bogus 911 call about a detective in need of assistance.

The two cops were quickly overpowered by about 15 men. During the attack, someone took Cardillo's gun and shot him in the chest.

The father of three children, the oldest 5, the youngest just 2, died of his wounds six days later.

Why should the community's vote have such a strong presence when we are talking about renaming a street outside a police station for a police officer?

At the time, Farrakhan said the cops came "charging into our temple like criminals and were treated like criminals."

Because of the political tensions at the time, the city apologized for what they called a police "invasion." Neither Mayor John Lindsay nor Police Commissioner Donald Cawley attended Cardillo's funeral, said family friend and retired NYPD Detective Randy Jergensen, who later wrote the book "Circle of Six" about the murder.

The main suspect in the shooting was Louis 17X Dupree. Dupree, who now goes by the name Khalid Ali and is in his 70s, was arrested twice for murder and was set free after two trials, officials said.
Patrolman Phillip Cardillo's memorial plaque on the 28th Precinct wall. Norman Y. Lono/for New York Daily News
Patrolman Phillip Cardillo's memorial plaque on the 28th Precinct wall.

The NYPD's Major Case Squad is still investigating the shooting, officials said.

Christopher Cardillo said the fallen cop's three children are pretty close to giving up hope that an arrest will be made - or that the street will be named in their father's honor.

"Haven't we come far enough as a society to not be afraid of a race riot and tell the truth?" he asked. "If we can't seek justice, then the least we can do is have a proper dedication to an officer who lost his life in the performance of his dut y."

Attempts to reach the Nation of Islam for comment were not successful.
 

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Bratton was in Boston when Carrillo was killed ... he has no cousin or uncle or brother ...no old partners and no stories regarding working the mean streets of NYC... he has not a link to the NYPD except for a pay check. It does not surprise me he has no interest in an unsolved murder of a NYC police officer in a mosque .... if he did he might want to ask Charles Rangle if he knows anything about it.
 

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All Police Commissioners are puppets. It's in the job description. They are appointed by a politician and the serve at the pleasure of that politician. Really, it works out that that's how they are accountable to the public, which is a good thing.

Problem comes when the public hasn't done their part and the politician the commissioner serving at the pleasure of is an incompetent pantload, and a populist to the lowest common denominator.
 

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Bratton was in Boston when Carrillo was killed ... he has no cousin or uncle or brother ...no old partners and no stories regarding working the mean streets of NYC... he has not a link to the NYPD except for a pay check. It does not surprise me he has no interest in an unsolved murder of a NYC police officer in a mosque .... if he did he might want to ask Charles Rangle if he knows anything about it.
He might want to ask the FBI about it. Read up on the sordid story.
 

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Maybe we should loot 125th St and burn that ***** down....
 
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