NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The man accused of targeting NYPD officers in two shootings last week was indicted on attempted murder charges Friday.
As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, a wall of NYPD officers sat stoically in court as they watched the indictment, during which Williams was remanded into custody.
Meanwhile, Williams’ family shouted words of support and told the 45-year-old they loved him before officers led him off to jail.
Many police and government officials have criticized the “anti-police rhetoric” spreading throughout New York City as the root cause behind the shootings.
The Sergeants Benevolent Association also tweeted out an internal NYPD memo warning officers to remain vigilant and to continue extra security measures in wake of the violence.
Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch says there’s no credible threat, but it’s smart for officers to remain vigilant.
“There's a lot of press talk about a threat against New York City police officers, but quite frankly, that's not unusual for those of us that have a shield on our chest – we deal with those threats on a regular basis,” Lynch said. “We do need the community's help. When you hear something, please let the police know.”
He said this is a dangerous time and officers should stay alert.