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Thursday, October 20, 2016


Let us not forget Detective Randolph A. Holder of New York City Police Department, New York, was killed in the line of duty on October 20, 2015. We will also remember him on his birthdate, March 19 every year. Let us honor this fallen policeman by remembering how he lived on this earth and treasure his memories.

Detective Randolph A. Holder
(March 20, 1982 to October 20, 2015)

Randolph A. Holder
New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch:
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 33
Tour: 5 years
Badge # 13340
Cause: Gunfire
Weapon: Handgun
Offender: Apprehended

Police Officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed while pursuing an armed male subject.

He and his partner were on patrol in the East Harlem section of Manhattan when they responded to a call of shots fired. The officers spoke to a victim who informed them that one of the males who had been firing a gun had also robbed him at gunpoint and fled on a bicycle. The officers canvassed the area for the suspect and located him approximately 18 blocks away near a footbridge over Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive at 120th Street.

Officer Holder and his partner pursued the suspect, who engaged the officers in a gun battle. Officer Holder was struck in the head in the exchange of gunfire. He was transported to Harlem Hospital where he later died from his wound.

The suspect, who had been wounded in the exchange of gunfire, was located several blocks away by responding officers and taken into custody.

Officer Holder had served with the New York City Police Department for five years and was assigned to Police Service Area 5. Officer Holder's father and grandfather served as police officers in his native Guyana.

Officer Holder was posthumously promoted to the rank of Detective.

Officer Randolph Holder: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Published 12:25 am EDT, October 21, 2015 Updated 2:22 pm EDT, October 21, 2015 

New York City Police Department Officer Randolph Holder, 33, was killed in the line of duty. He was shot in the head during a gunfight with an armed robbery suspect. (NYPD)
A New York City police officer was fatally shot in a gunfight Tuesday night near FDR Drive in East Harlem, officials said at a press conference.

Officer Randolph Holder, 33, died at Harlem Hospital, Police Commissioner William Bratton said. A suspect in the shooting, 30-year-old Tyrone Howard, is in custody.

“He was killed in the line of duty, murdered,” Bratton said. “Tonight, he did what every other officer in the NYPD does, when the call comes, he ran toward danger. It was the last time he will respond to that call.”

Holder was a native of Guyana and a five-year veteran of the NYPD.

“This sadness is so hard to describe, what everyone is going through, and we’re fighting to understand the loss of a man who did so much, cared so much, dedicated his life to protecting other,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “An immigrant who wanted to give back to his city and his country, and who had an exemplary record as a police officer, who did everything the right way. We honor the memory of Officer Holder, a man who, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, gave the last full measure of his devotion on behalf of the city he loved.”
Here’s what you need to know:

1. Holder Is a Third Generation Police Officer

Officer Randolph Holder was born in Guyana and immigrated to the United States with his family. He was a third-generation police officer. (Facebook)
Holder is a third-generation police officer. Both his father and grandfather were police officers in Guyana, Commissioner Bratton said at a press conference.

He became an officer in July 2010. He was assigned to Police Service Area 5 in Manhattan.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a press conference that Holder’s father, also Randolph Holder, was at the hospital, along with other family members.

“In his time of grief, he sought to comfort the officers from PSA 5,” Bratton said. “He was strong enough and brave enough to go in and address them. As they tried to comfort him, he was in fact comforting them. An extraordinary individual, and I can understand his son, and the bravery his son exhibited tonight, rushing toward danger, and giving his life for the citizens of New York City.”

“He was a very disciplined, fun-loving, caring young man, always with a smile on his face,” his father told the New York Post. “He was well loved by his fellow officers.”

Holder lived in Far Rockaway, Queens.

“He loved being a cop,” his cousin, Natalie Andrews, told the Post. “My father was talking to him [recently] and asked him, `Are you sure you want to be a cop?’ He said, `Yes, this is my passion. I’m not afraid. I can handle it.’”

Funeral plans for Holder have not yet been announced.

2. He Was Shot in the Head During a Shootout With an Armed Robbery Suspect

Holder and his partner, who are assigned to the Housing Bureau PSA 5, responded to a shots fired call at about 8:30 p.m. in the area of East 102nd Street and First Avenue in the East Harlem area of Manhattan. Witnesses said several males had fled on a footpath adjacent to the river heading toward FDR Drive. They arrived to find a victim who said his bicycle was stolen from him at gunpoint by one of the men.

He and the other officers, assigned to the anti-crime unit and in plainclothes, located the suspect, on a bicycle, near East 120th Street on a pedestrian overpass above FDR Drive.

The suspect exchanged gunfire with the two officers, police said, and Holder was shot in the head. The suspect fled on foot.

3. He Was Taken to Harlem Hospital & Was Pronounced Dead About 2 Hours Later

Holder was taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition, where doctors were unable to save him, despite their best efforts, Bratton said at a press conference. (You can watch the press conference in the video above. It starts at about the 23-minute mark.)

Holder was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference, “We are all in mourning tonight, this whole city is in mourning. We are mourning a man who gave his life as a guardian for all of us. And we are humbled by Officer Randolph Holder’s example. An example of service and courage and sacrifice. Our hearts are heavy and we offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, who are experiencing unimaginable pain as we saw earlier when we gathered with them. Our thoughts and prayers are also with his fellow officers from PSA 5 and his larger NYPD family.

“In the midst of all this sorrow, we have to commend the medical staff and thank the medical staff and all the employees here at Harlem Hospital, who did everything they could to try to save Officer Holder,” the mayor said.

Dozens of police officers gathered at Harlem Hospital Tuesday night.

“We just had the unfortunate responsibility to tell a father his son wasn’t coming home today, a father that understands what it is to wear a uniform, and he knows what it means. That emptiness will never go way for him,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said. “New York City police officers everyday go out and carry themselves like superheroes on the streets. But the reality is, when we’re attacked we bleed, when we bleed we die, and when we die, we cry.”

Lynch, pointing to the police officers watching the press conference said they need the support of the city.

“We need your support as we bury our brother police officer, but it can’t end there,” Lynch said. “We need your super every day, on every corner, in every neigborhood, so we can continue to carry ourselves like superheroes, so we can save you and protect you.”

4. The Suspect Has a Lengthy Criminal Record & Was Wanted in Another Shooting

Police identified the suspect in the shooting as 30-year-old Tyrone Howard. According to the New York Daily News, Howard was wanted in connection with another shooting that happened in the same neighborhood.

Howard was a known gang member and had 20 previous arrests on charges including assault, robbery, criminal sale of a controlled substance, public lewdness, criminal trespassing and conspiracy, CBS New York reports.

Officials said Howard was shot in the leg, but managed to flee from the scene. He ran north and was taken into custody about four blocks away, at 124th Street, police said.

He was taken to a hospital and was expected to be released into police custody later Wednesday morning.

“We believe that we have the suspect involved in the murder of our officer in custody,” Bratton said. “And we are continuing to gather evidence and continuing to seek witnesses.”

Three other men, who have not yet been identified, are also in custody and were possibly involved in the incident that led to the shooting, Bratton said. They were being questioned Wednesday morning, he said. Bratton said there may have been several firearms involved in the gunfire that led to the original police call.

“We’re still trying to piece together all the parts of this very large crime scene,” he said.

Bratton said they are working with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to determine what specific charges Howard will face.

5. Holder Is the 4th NYPD Officer Murdered in the Last 11 Months

Commissioner Bratton said Holder is the fourth NYPD officer murdered in the last 11 months.

“That’s about as bad as it gets,” Bratton said at a press conference Wednesday morning announcing Holder’s death. “This is the hardest thing we do, when we mourn one of our own. I’ve been doing it for 45 years, and it doesn’t get easier. And it should never get easier.”

In December 2014, officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed and killed in their squad car. The gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, fatally shot himself.

Officer Brian Moore was shot on May 2, 2015, and died days later. Demetrius Blackwell was charged in his death.

Black Lives Matter response to death of BLACK police officer speaks VOLUMES

This morning, we reported another tragedy involving a police officer being brutally murdered simply for doing his job. However, last night’s slaying of New York City police officer Randolph Holder had a unique twist: Holder, originally from Guyana, was black.

So what’s a movement supposedly all about the importance of black lives to do when a black cop is murdered? Celebrate, of course — which is exactly what some members of the Black Lives Matter movement did last night.

Yes, it’s truly sick and twisted. The The Gateway Pundit reports:

Some Harlem residents are cheering the news of the murder Tuesday night of New York City Police Officer Randolph Holder, a five year veteran and immigrant from Guyana who was killed in the line of duty, according to a report by former NYPD officer John Cardillo posted to Twitter.
“Getting really disturbing info from cops at Harlem Hospital that residents, some ID’ing as #BlackLivesMatter, are celebrating cop’s death.”

Unbelievably sick and shameful. 

Cardillo’s information was not confirmed, however his NYPD sources throughout the night of the shooting have sadly been proven accurate.
While Black Lives Matter supporters apparently celebrated outside the Harlem hospital where slain officer Holder ultimately took his last breath, some on Twitter were also adding their sick applause to the tragedy: 

Shoutout to the guy that shot the pig in Harlem 🐷🔫 — #Eagles 3-3 (@ChipsNoKelly) October 21, 2015

Meanwhile, Black Instigator In Chief Reverend Al Sharpton — who, of course, has been mute on the previous tragic deaths of  white police officers — called for this to “stop” in his own tweet: 

Taking the reverend’s tweet at face value — putting aside, for a moment, the question of sincerity — most of us would agree these all-too-frequent attacks on men and women in blue must stop. 

Perhaps Reverend Sharpton could use his pulpit to transmit that message to the Black Lives Matter folks. Somehow, they seem to think a black life DOESN’T matter if it’s blue — as was NYPD officer Randolph Holder. Or, if it’s an unborn child aborted, body parts sold for profit. Or a nine-year-old girl shot and killed while doing homework. Or one of the countless blacks killed in Chicago’s violence epidemic — like 11-month-old Princeton Wells’ mother and grandmother (baby Princeton was shot but survived). 

For now, the only conclusion I can draw from the actions of Black Lives Matter supporters is that the only lives that truly matter to them are despicable thugs like the one who shot officer Randolph Holder in the forehead, leaving his family to grieve. Who’s going to tell them it must stop? 

[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]