A massive manhunt, including hundreds of off-duty detectives and policemen, has been mounted in New York after two New York City police officers were shot and killed on Friday night.
A massive manhunt, including hundreds of off-duty detectives and policemen, has been mounted in New York after two New York City police officers were shot and killed on Friday night. It was the fifth armed attack on policemen in four days in the city. This film of the aftermath of the shooting is from the U.S. National Broadcasting Company
Seven policemen have been shot dead already this year, compared with seven in the whole of 1970.
Two hours before the Friday killings a message wrapped round a .45 calibre bullet reached the "New York Times" saying the shootings were the work of the "appressed third world people".
Fears that a race war was being launched against the police were supported by a statement that the "domestic armed forces of racism and appression will be confirmed with the guns of the black liberation army"
The message also said Wednesday's shootings were on the birthday of assassinated black nationalist leader Malcolm X, killed on the same date in 1965.
SYNOPSIS: Two policemen were gunned down in the street in New York on Friday night, and a massive manhunt has been mounted to find the killers. The men were cut down from behind walking back to their patrol car, after answering an apparent legitimate sick call from a citizen in a Harlem housing project. One of them, a negro, was shot in the back of the head. The other, a white man, had eight forty-five calibre bullets in his back. Witnesses have described the attackers as two young black men, with Afro hair-dos.
The incident brought New York mayor John Lindsay to the area. He said he was grieved and outraged at the shooting, the fifth armed attack on policemen in four days. On Wednesday night two patrolmen were critically wounded when their patrol-car was riddled with 45-calibre bullets, apparently from a sub-machine gun fired from another car. They had pulled it over for a traffic violation. Letters to new media, accompanied by 45-calibre bullets, led to speculation that the attacks might be part of a plot by black revolutionaries. Police officials said they did not believe the killings were part of any plot, because there was no evidence the killings were set up in advance.