Community Leaders Wonder Where Is the Outrage In NYPD Officer’s Shooting Death

Officer Randolph Holder (credit: NYPD/CBS2)
Officer Randolph Holder (credit: NYPD/CBS2)

Community leaders gathered in East Harlem Thursday night, in the exact spot where NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was killed in the line of duty.

As CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported, the group marched as Randolph’s family prepared to bury him, after he was slain while trying to protect the city.

A growing memorial was also mounted in front of the precinct where Holder worked, and as the police investigation continued into his shooting death, community leaders were asking, where’s the outrage?

“Come walk with us. Take a stroll,” the Rev. Vernon Williams said to East Harlem residents.

Williams wanted more neighbors to join a seven-person march in Holder’s memory. As he and others prepared to walk up First Avenue, they wondered why the community was not more actively showing support after the NYPD’s loss.

“There should be more support for the NYPD and showing their condolences to the NYPD,” said Bishop Popeye C.G. Whittingham.

He said he was not seeing enough support.

“No I’m not, no I’m not — not from the leaders, not by the notables,” Whittingham said.

Police late Thursday were still searching the East River for the gun they said Tyrone Howard, 30, fired once at Officer Holder Tuesday night, hitting him in the forehead and killing him.

Holder’s father was a police officer in their native Guyana, and said his son bravely faced danger for the last five years in New York City.

Meanwhile, family members were preparing to say final goodbyes Thursday, before sending him to his homeland for burial.

As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, those who knew Holder said he made a lasting impression on their lives.

Holder, a third-generation cop and a five-year veteran of the NYPD, died after being shot in the head in East Harlem on Tuesday night.

“My son – a devoted cop, he was one that was brave to face problems that he has endured,” said the officer’s father, Randolph Holder Sr. “He tried to take care of it, and lost his life.”

The pride that the elder Holder had for his police officer son was perhaps one of the only things that came close to the measure of pain he felt in losing him.

“My grief will always be here — never goes away,” Holder Sr. said.

It was especially painful for Officer Holder’s family to be face-to-face in court with Howard, the career criminal accused of fatally shooting Holder with a single bullet to the head.

Howard, 30, is accused of fatally shooting Holder Tuesday night after a chase in East Harlem. At his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court late Wednesday, Howard did not enter a plea after being charged with first-degree murder and robbery and was ordered held without bail.

One NYPD officer among the countless who packed the courtroom expressed his disgust as a judge ordered Howard held without bail.

“I hope you burn in hell!” the officer said.

Assistant District Attorney Linda Ford said the case against Howard would be presented to a grand jury on Friday and Monday. His attorney, Brian Kennedy, did not ask for bail and said he wasn’t sure yet if his client would testify before the grand jury.

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Source: CBS / The AP