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BROOKLYN, NY – Security footage has been released of when a knife-wielding suspect attacked an NYPD officer last week.
The images captured him stabbing the officer in the neck during the riots.
Police said that the man accused of shooting two cops and stabbing a third in Brooklyn this week screamed “Allahu akbar!” during the stabbing.
According to officials, he shouted it three times during the unprovoked attack.
The suspect Dzenan Camovic, 20, is believed to be a Serbian immigrant.
The New York Daily News reported that he may have links to terrorism.
According to authorities there are indications that “his alleged tactics and ambush were similar to anti-police attacks in Paris and elsewhere”.
That’s according to John Miller, who is the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of counter terrorism.
“All the hallmarks that would be out of the terrorist playbook,” Miller said.
He made the comments at a briefing from NYPD headquarters in lower Manhattan.
Police said that Camovic was 20 years old.
They said he opened a Twitter account this month, and liked 24 tweets from those writing about protests, looting in New York and anti-cop propaganda.
Camovic lives with his family in Sheepshead Bay.
Police said he ran up to an officer and stabbed him in the neck just before midnight Wednesday. It happened on Flatbush Avenue near Church Avenue.
They said he was able to take control of the officer’s gun and shot two officers. Camovic was shot by a sergeant who responded to the scene.
He’s listed in critical condition at Kings County Hospital, and reportedly hasn’t been interviewed because he’s intubated.
He’ll be charged with three counts of attempted murder on a police officer, and might face federal charges now that the FBI is involved.
His family is reportedly from Bosnia. A relative told The Post on Thursday that he is a practicing Muslim and “absolutely not a terrorist.”
For those unfamiliar with the term, Allahu Akbar is Arabic for “God is great!”
It’s commonly used by Muslims as a declaration of faith.
In the meantime, in New York during a live interview on Fox News, a man who identifies himself as Ace Burns spoke of arson threats to Manhattan’s Diamond District.
This, of course, is only if New York “leaders” don’t “meet their demands.”
The Diamond District refers to a block on Manhattan’s 47th Street known for jewelry shops.
“Today, I’m giving a demonstration from Barclay’s Center at 6 p.m. to City Hall, and that’s the first stop — and we’re hoping [Mayor] De Blasio and [Gov.] Cuomo come out and talk to us and give the youth some direction.
“But if they don’t, then [the] next stop is the Diamond District. And gasoline, thanks to Trump, is awfully cheap. So we’re giving them a chance right now to do the right thing.”
Marching at 6pm from @barclayscenter pic.twitter.com/ZTYb5IqLrJ
— Ace Burns (@AceBurns2020) June 6, 2020
Burns proudly displayed #FTP written on his arm. Of this, he said:
“You know, I’m a leader of this FTP movement. It means a lot of things. It can mean free the people, it can mean for the people, it could also mean fire to property — and that’s very possible.”
It’s also been more widely known to represent “Fuck The Police.”
Silence is compliance. Change is now. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloyd #FTP pic.twitter.com/F9ebWt27dh
— Cruz ⚡️ (@loliscruz21) June 1, 2020
cops are disgusting. Whatver “good cops” there supposedly are- where the fuck are you??? How are you letting your colleagues beat the shit out of our people? Protest or not!! Y’all are the biggest gang in America. What’s worse is we pay for all your equipment!! #FTP
— Neels Visser (@neelsvisser) June 5, 2020
Burns was asked when the protests would end. His reply was:
“The question should be what policies are we going to enact to make people feel safe?”
It’s unknown if Burns recognizes the irony in his statement.
Fox News Reported:
“After his comments aired, Fox News’ Eric Shawn condemned the apparent threat. ‘That person was basically suggesting that they plan to go to the diamond district which is run basically by Orthodox Jews here in New York City — certainly hope that is not the case and we do not endorse — in fact, we condemn that type of language here on the Fox News channel,’ Shawn said.”
Burns has been updating his social media with video of him at Barclay Center, as promised.
This is my movement #FTP pic.twitter.com/R4BJO9pLku
— Ace Burns (@AceBurns2020) June 2, 2020
So far there is no update on plans for heading to the Diamond District.
Did any of you just here Ace Burns 20/20 say on live TV Fox News Network that if the mayor of New York and the governor of New York do not listen to his demands,
He said "gas is cheap" so you can meet with him in the New York diamond district today.
— Mrinxs (@KWREV13) June 6, 2020
But guess what? Looks like he was just arrested.
JUST NOW: police arrest man from my earlier interview who made apparent threat on air to bring gasoline to diamond district
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) June 6, 2020
Also in New York:
NEW YORK, N.Y.- Congratulations New York. As your largest city is under siege by lawless criminals, the 400 looters that have been arrested in New York City this week will literally all be released thanks to the New York state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “bail reform” policy that eliminated bail for so-called “non-violent” crimes, including felonies.
New York, which has seen in the neighborhood of a week straight of riots, had officers stabbed, shot and run over, and much of its business district destroyed will cut loose nearly all of those arrested for destroying the city.
Businesses, already reeling from three months of being locked down by Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s draconian lockdown measures, received a double dose this week as businesses were just getting to the point of being allowed to open back up, if even on a limited basis.
The New York Times said that in excess of 400 individuals had been arrested for looting commercial businesses in the city. The times noted that almost all of them will be back on the streets, some before the ink was even dry on their arrest reports.
The “get out of jail free” law, which took effect on January 1, eliminated bail for a large number of what were called non-violent crimes, although clearly there are violent crimes included in the list.
Among those included are suspects charged with second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree assault, promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, criminally negligent homicide, aggravated vehicular homicide and an additional 100 more crimes.
New York City Chief of Department Terrance Monahan said “just about all” of the looters arrested will be released without bail, according to Fox News.
Fox said that frustrated police officials across the entire state of New York are saying that the lax bail laws are emboldening criminals, which they say gives criminals a green light to commit crimes because they know there will not be consequences.
According to Louis Turco, the head of the Lieutenants Benevolent Association said the violence in New York is directly related to the new bail reform law.
“This has been put in motion by our politicians that have allowed the criminal element to feel as if there’s no consequences for any crime that you do and now you’ve seen this coming out,” Turco told The Washington Post.
“Now they go home and tell all their friends, ‘Listen, I got out the next day and nothing’s going to happen to me.’”
On Fox News this past Wednesday, former NYPD Detective Oscar Odom said that it is his belief that “99.9 percent” of those arrested and subsequently released will go right back to looting, or already had.
For those arrested in New York City, they are likely to be charged with 3rd degree burglary of a commercial building, which is a Class D felony not subject to bail, therefore they are back out on the streets.
New York City isn’t the only city in New York dealing with ridiculous bail laws. In Albany, a 26-year-old man smashed a $2,000 door and looted a hotel Monday night, after being released from the county jail a week earlier even though he had pending charges from prior arrests.
The suspect, Lucas J. Kaplan stole a badge, a credit card, cash and other items from the cars of jail employees on his way out of lockup.
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The law was passed last year which significantly restricted the ability of judges to set bail to only more serious crimes, however as the list we showed earlier says, a lot of more serious crimes seemed to have slipped through the cracks.
In the neighborhood of 90 percent of the state’s arrests leave jail as soon as they are processed.
The law also applied retroactively, where those arrested prior to the effective date were also released from jail. Many of those arrested and released reoffended within days, some within hours. Others reoffended several times within a matter of days.
In addition to the no bail, judges are no longer allowed to take the severity of an offense into account, nor the possible threat to the community they pose.
All that can be considered is whether the defendant is a flight risk and whether they are likely to make future court appearances. With that said, numerous criminals have been released despite violating probation or parole.
Even if a defendant doesn’t show up in court, judges are not permitted to issue bench warrants seeking their rearrest. The judge is required to give a 48-hour period for the defendant to show up in court before issuing a warrant.
Fox reported that in the first three months of the law, the population in New York jails had dropped significantly. Taken together with the Coronavirus Prison Break, the number of people locked up in New York jails has dropped precipitously.
Shortly before and after the law took effect, there was a spike of anti-Semitic crimes in and around New York City.
One woman named Tiffany Harris was arrested after she slapped three Orthodox Jewish women in December, while using anti-Semitic language during the incident.
She was arrested and released without bail. Less than 24 hours later, she was arrested again in connection with a second assault. She was again released. The third time was a charm and she was finally put in a psychiatric hospital after missing an appointment with a social worker.
The New York City Police Department released a report in March which showed that crime had jumped 22.5% year over year from 2019. Police officials attributed the spike to the criminal justice reforms which they said was too soft on offenders.
During the first two months of 2020, 428 people who had previously been arrested then went on to commit 846 new crimes, police department statistics showed.
Fox noted the report said, “Thirty-five percent of the new crimes were for arrests in seven major crime categories—murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto—that is nearly triple the amount of those crimes committed in the same 58 days in 2019,” the report claimed.
After numerous complaints from police and other law enforcement officials, the law was modified somewhat to give judges more discretion, however it will not go into effect until July 1.
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