Police Officer Phillip W. Cardillo

Police Officer Phillip W. Cardillo

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, April 20, 1972

Phillip W. Cardillo

Officer Philip Cardillo died of wounds he received when he was shot after responding to a fake report of an officer needs assistance at a local mosque.

When Officer Cardillo arrived at the location, he and another officer entered to investigate. They found that the call was false and was called in by the members of the mosque. The officers were then attacked by at least 15 people inside the mosque. When additional officers arrived, a melee ensued, in which Officer Cardillo was shot at point-blank range and several officers were seriously injured.

Officer Cardillo was brought to Saint Luke's Hospital where he underwent several surgeries, but he died from his wound six days later. Only one person was ever charged in connection with Officer Cardillo's murder. The subject was acquitted after the jury was not able to reach a verdict.

Officer Cardillo had served with the New York City Police Department for five years and was assigned to the 28th Precinct. He is survived by his wife and son.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 26620

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, April 14, 1972
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Always thinking of your sacrifice for all of us who are here, and will meet up with you to say thank you. May the city never forget the wrong that they did to you and to all of us, when they turn their backs on us for the purpose of political gains and criminal appeasement. New York City died that day. May you continue to rest in the Heavens, and may God always bless your loving family, the NYPD and the 28.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

April 20, 2018

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