‘Blue Knights’ Pay Tribute To NYPD Cop Slain In 1972

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — It was almost 39 years ago to the day that a New York City police officer was killed in the line of duty, but no one has ever been convicted in his death.

CBS 2’s Magee Hickey reports that hundreds of police officers are doing what they can to keep the case, and the Officer Phil Cardillo’s memory, alive.

Close to 300 police officers on motorcycles, as part of the Blue Knights, participated in a ride to remember a slain police officer and his unsolved murder in April 1972.

“We’re going to keep Phil Cardillo’s memory alive, and what happened to him, it should never happen again,” Blue Knights president John Malandrino said.

It was 39 years ago that Officer Cardillo, a husband and father of three, was lured to a Harlem mosque by a fake emergency call. There, he was attacked by more than a dozen men, beaten and shot to death.

Retired detective Rudy Andre was there.

“The perpetrator was knocked out in the basement. When I was in the mosque, he came towards me and I sent him to Harlem Hospital,” Andre said. “If there was a proper investigation at the time, and interviewed this fellow, the police department would have made an arrest.”

Only one man was arrested in the killing, but he was freed after a mistrial.

“During that period of time, some police supervisors and politicians allowed all the perpetrators to get away from prosecution,” Malandrino said.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly reopened the case four years ago, but there have been few new leads.

“The FBI, if they would just open the books and let us see, they have some information and we could bring a cop-killer to justice,” Officer Cardillo’s cousin, Bobby Cardillo, said.

The motorcycle memorial wasn’t enough for family and friends, who hope a street near the 28th Precinct stationhouse in Harlem will be renamed in Officer Cardillo’s memory.

“It could be a just tribute to an officer that did his job and died in the line of duty,” retired NYPD Officer Norm Horowitz said.

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  1. VIC GRILLO says:

    THE BROOKLYN-STATEN ISLAND 10-13 WILL NEVER FORGET PHIL CARDILLO.WE WILL STAND WITH OUR BROTHER’S AND SISTER’S IN BLUE TO SEE JUSTICE IS DONE FOR PHIL.

  2. james kenny says:

    took phil to hospital that sad day> the PC at the time lives in WILMINGTON NC’ tIME HE STEPS UP TO THE PLATE.

  3. Steve Klein says:

    I was working in the 28 when we, as young officers decided to have a 20 year memorial service in honor of Ptl. Phillip Cardillo. The year was 1992. It was a proud thing to be a part of and we all hoped as members of the 28 that more people would have involvement not only in his memory, but to tell the TRUTH on what actually happened during the whole investigation. Steve Klein, former 28 pct. member.

  4. TIMOTHY MOTTO says:

    TIMOTHY MOTTO , RET. 028 PCT. / PAST PRES. NYS FOP LODGE # 69

    TODD,
    THE PROMISE I AND MANY OTHERS MADE TO YOU THE FIRST TIME WE MET IN THE 028 PCT IN 1992 STANDS TO THIS DAY AND FOREVER WILL,…..
    …….WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR FATHER !

  5. Brother in Blue says:

    It is totally unimaginable that a Police Officer was set up & murdered by a terrorist organization of that time (louis farrakan & the nation of islam) & his murder was never properly investigated. Instead, everything possible in the powers of then congressman charles rangel, mayor john lindsey, officer benjamin ward & the then hierarchy of the nypd, was done to prevent a proper investigation & just want to make a Police Officer’s Murder go away. Well, 39 years later & P.O. Phil Cardillo’s Murder & this Travesty of Justice has Not & will Never go away! Phil’s family & his second family of Blue, will “Never Forget!”

  6. Vee says:

    We will never forget.

  7. Artie C., Lt., NYPD (ret.) says:

    The Blue Knights Lodge 10 held its annual Ptl. Phillip Cardillo Bike Ride on Sunday, April 10, 2011. Also present were members of the NYS FOP Lodge 69 along with numerous organizations throughout the tri-state area and Florida. Thanks to NYS FOP Lodge 69 member Tom Hogan and Magee Hickey from WCBS News for the coverage and Christy Hinko from Long Island Anton News!

    We will never forget Ptl. Phillip Cardillo!

    Thanks to WCBS TV News for the coverage!

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