The father of Zale Thompson, the “self-radicalized” Navy veteran who attacked four NYPD police officers with a hatchet before being shot dead, did it because he wanted to kill white people in repayment for injustices against blacks, the New York Post is reporting.
“He wanted white people to pay for all that slavery and all that racism. I think he committed suicide — and he was taking one of y’all [white people] with him. He just said, ‘They have to pay for all their unfairness. Unfairness for the way they treat black people.'”
New York City Police Commissioner has called the hatchet attack an act of terrorism, according to this Inquisitr report, although Thompson is not known to have any connections to any terrorist organizations, or any mosques. In fact, he wasn’t known to the NYPD at all; he had no criminal record in New York, prior to the hatchet attack.
Thompson’s rantings on social media seem to back up the NYPD’s claim that he was a radicalized Muslim intent on carrying out an attack in the name of Jihad, according to Fox News.
“America’s military is strong abroad, but they have never faced an internal mass revolt. They are weaker at home. We are scattered and decentralized, we can use this as an advantage.”
And according to the New York Post, Thompson advocated guerrilla warfare via his Facebook posts.
“Helicopters, big military will be useless on their own soil. They will not be able to defeat our people if we use guerilla warfare. Attack their weak flanks. . . If you get wounded who cares. If you die who cares. Eventually they will surrender and then the war will be over.”
Still, the notion that he specifically targeted white people, in response to slavery and other injustices, is new, and as of this post, comes only from Thompson’s father, Ralph Thompson. The senior Thompson said that his son was radically in favor of the Black Power movement in his youth, and only recently converted to Islam. He never expected that his son would carry out a terrorist attack.
“I didn’t know he was going to carry on a mission on his own.”
The most seriously-wounded of the hatchet attack victims, NYPD Officer Kenneth Healey, remains hospitalized, as of this post, with a head injury. A civilian struck by a stray bullet is also recovering.
Three of the NYPD officers attacked by Thompson were white, the fourth is Hispanic, according to The Post.
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