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Video: NYPD Says Hatchet Attack an Act of Terror

October 24, 2014  | 

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A broad-daylight hatchet assault on a group of New York police officers -- leaving one critically injured with a head wound -- was carried out by a self-radicalized convert to Islam in what officials Friday termed a terrorist attack, reports CNN.

Officer Kenneth Healey, who remains in critical condition, and three of his on-duty colleagues were posing for a picture on the sidewalk Thursday afternoon when a hatchet-wielding man charged at them "unprovoked," according to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

The attacker, identified as Zale H. Thompson, was hiding behind a bus shelter as if he was waiting to attack the officers, according to a law enforcement official, who said it almost appeared as if he were stalking them.

"This was a terrorist act," Bratton said Friday.

In the aftermath, some observers questioned if the attack was tied to recent calls by radicals to strike the military and police, especially on the heels of separate attacks on officers in Canada earlier this week.

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Mickey Rivers @ 10/24/2014 4:24 PM

Still waiting for the White house or Holders House to call this a workplace violence incident as opposed to what it really was. A Terrorist Attack. My heart goes out to the LEO's involved.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/24/2014 4:41 PM

Too easy of an answer to call him a terrorist but I suspect the attacker had serious mental issues long before he converted to Islam.

Tom Ret @ 10/25/2014 8:42 AM

One only needs to look at the motive for the attack in Canada as well as in this case. They may be nuts but mostly it is an religious ideology that is involved.
They are doing their part in their minds for the struggle between Islam and
western values and those in war against ISIS whom they have aligned themselves.

Jason @ 10/25/2014 8:44 AM

Too easy to defend him being a terrorist by saying he had mental health issues.

Capt. Crunch @ 10/25/2014 9:50 AM

What us Americans need is a real president, one that is in touch of what is going on in our country. We need a present who can be a leader and direct all public safety agencies to work in concert. Then we can stop these types of incidents.

kevCopAz @ 10/25/2014 4:04 PM

I tend to agree with both him being mentally ill & a terrorist. We as a society need to do something about the internet, we need to shut down these sites that promote the terrorist agenda. Im sorry to say that but we need to police the internet and remove these things much like China EXCEPT we only take down sites that incite violence, Muslim, Christian, Nazi or Black on white violence, whatever flavor the site preaches.. We police regular speech or "hate speech" and advertisement, why do we allow it on the internet for out mentally unstable and our youth to see? We are our own worse enemies. These sites are what gets those that are mentally unstable and fills them with hate and a "cause" the sites are used to push these folks over the edge If they ail go over the edge on their own so be it but we do not need these terrorists to use the internet to turn them into tools of violence. This will not stop until we do something to end these radical sites

Concerned Citizen @ 10/25/2014 7:57 PM

I guess the Liberal mindset is "correct" those Boston Bombers were "Mentally Ill" too! If wasn't a "Love of Radical Islam" that led them to do it! So what does that make Clinically Depressed people like Robin Williams a "Terrorist". SF Cops know many people jump of the Golden Gate Bridge, many people jump off of the Brooklyn Bridge. All they wanted was someone to listen to them and love them. I would hate for it to be a "Crime" to be depressed if your Spouse left you, or you can't cope with the loss of a "Loved One". Hate Speech is what Hitler used to Justify killing Jews. It's calling for the DEATH of one group or another. Disagreeing on Gay Marriage isn't HATE SPEECH! Though Liberal Marxists think so! By Liberal Definition Robin Williams was a Terrorist, even though he wasn't a Muslim Extremist? Oh I'm Depressed.. I didn't mean.. Kill The Infidels!!!!!! Upside down world. Do we Ban Hatchets too? Radical Islam is what ties everything together! Being mentally ill isn't a crime!

Retired Chief @ 10/25/2014 9:44 PM

Glad to see there is someone who is not so politically correct as to avoid the use of the term terrorist at all costs. Until we get a real President, not the current one who arms and supports terrorists in the middle east, we will see more and more of this sort of thing.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/26/2014 10:45 PM

I had no idea there were so many crazy bloggers on here until I read this page. Please people, go back on your badly needed medications your paranoia is getting the best of you. As for the Canadian terror act, the perpetrators were Christian Terrorists not Islamic terrorists. And someone can hardly become indoctrinated into Islam in just a few weeks like Thompson, he was crazy long before he discovered a cause to attach to his delusions.

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