But not the street in Harlem that fellow officers and Cardillo’s family wanted. Muslims and NY democrats wouldn’t allow that.
It’s billed as the “last ride.”
Sunday morning will mark the 10th — and likely last — memorial motorcycle ride by the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club of Nassau County to honor murdered Patrolman Phillip Cardillo.
Cardillo was fatally shot 43 years ago in the so-called Harlem Mosque incident that occurred on April 14, 1972, when he responded to a phony 911 call that claimed an officer needed assistance.
Members of the Blue Knights began their annual pilgrimage to honor Cardillo a decade ago, by riding from the NYS Trooper barracks in Valley Stream to Calvary Cemetery, in Queens, where Cardillo is buried.
The caravan will continue to the 28th Precinct in Harlem, where many had once hoped a street would be renamed in his honor.
The motorcycle ride is being deemed the “final” one because city officials are naming a street outside the new Police Academy in Queens in Cardillo’s honor in late June or early July, sources said. A new NYPD Harbor launch is also expected to be named in Cardillo’s honor later, sources said.
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 FoxNews.com. “It would be closure for the Cardillo family and the police officers there that day.”
CB 10 Chairwoman Henrietta Lyle told FoxNews.com Harrison had not completed his application properly. But at the public meeting, she said the board needs to hear from the mosques and that it is up to the NYPD to arrange a meeting with the imams, according to an observer at the meeting.
“They seem to be making a lot of excuses not to do this for a cop who died trying to protect that community,” said a source familiar with the issue.
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