30 years in prison: immigrant stabbed a New York police officer and shot others during racial protests after the death of George Floyd
Dzenan Camovic, a young Bosnian native, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for stabbing a New York police officer in the neck and shooting two other officers in an ambush during racial protests over the murder of George Floyd in 2020.
The 23-year-old former Flatbush resident was sentenced by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun, after pleading guilty in March of three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and other crimes.
Camovic he had previously been sentenced to 30 years in prison on federal charges that he will serve at the same time as his new state sentence.
In May 2020, the in-custody murder of a white Minneapolis police officer of Floyd, a black man with a criminal record, inspired protests around the world, some with looting, like in New York.
In this context, on June 3 of that year, Camovic approached two police officers on Flatbush Avenue, near Church Avenue, shouting “Allahu akbar!” (“God is great”), he pulled out a knife and stabbed officer Yayon Frantz Jean Pierre in the neck.
He then ran toward officer Randy Ramnarine and threw his knife at him, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said. Wounded, Jean Pierre fired at the attacker, but stumbled and lost control of his weapon.
Camovic took advantage of grabbing the firearm and shot Ramnarine in the hand. He also shot another police officer who responded to the scene in the hand.
After the attack, John Miller, then the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for counterterrorism, said Camovic appeared to be related to Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists, but the authorities did not find any connection in this regard, he said. New York Post.
After being detained, he allegedly told a hospital worker that he was a “worthless piece of shit” after the failed assassination attempt on Officer Jean Pierre. “I killed two policemen and my religion forced me to do it” he claimed, according to court documents filed after the attack.
The Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalezapplauded Wednesday’s conviction. “It is a miracle that none of these brave officers died when they were ambushed, stabbed and shot by this extremist. shameless. We do not tolerate violence towards our law enforcement colleagues, and this lengthy prison sentence holds him accountable for his depraved and unconscionable crimes.”
The Black Lives Matter Foundation (MLB) revealed in February 2021 that he had received a little more than $90 million dollars the year before, after the murder of Floyd.
The anti-police climate that broke out then, together with the penal reform and the reduction of funds to NYPD promoted by the City Council and the then mayor Bill De Blasiohave been identified as factors that have triggered crime in NYC.