On April 20, 1972— NYPD Patrolman Phillip Cardillo died in St. Luke’s Hospital in New York, six days after being shot inside a Brooklyn mosque while responding to a call for an officer in distress–later determined to be a false report.
Cardillo and his partner, Vito Navarra, were the first cops on the scene. The mosque doors, usually bolted shut and manned by the Nation of Islam’s own para-military force, the Fruit of Islam, were unlocked and unguarded.
In the reception area, Cardillo and Navarra encountered six men. Navarra darted up the stairs. Somewhere up on the second floor, he believed, a brother officer was in serious trouble. He was met by ten men who forced him back down the stairs. Nine more cops rushed into the reception area.
All but three of the cops were forced from the mosque and the metal doors were slammed shut and locked. Cardillo and two other cops were left inside, consumed in a fierce struggle. As cops forced their way back into the mosque, Cardillo and another officer were found on the ground, bloodied. He would later die from his wounds.
To this day, the case remains unsolved…
But Judicial Watch is on the case to ensure justice will be met for Cardillo.
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