NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A teenager accused of nearly dragging an NYPD detective to his death was back in court Wednesday.
Authorities said 16-year-old Justin Murrell was driving a stolen car with three other teens when officer Dalsh Veve tried to stop them while investigating reports of shots fired back on June 3.
Murrell took off, dragging Veve more than two blocks, police said.
Police officers packed the courtroom as Murrell appeared for an adjournment hearing. PBA President Pat Lynch said they want to make sure Murrell is never released on bail.
“Police Officer Veve went to do a job to make the streets safe for all of us. There was gunfire, he responded and this mope decided to drag him down the street,” Lynch said.
Veve remains in critical condition with a traumatic brain injury.
“Every day he struggles to breathe, every day he struggles to live while this young fellow stands there in front of his attorneys trying to make up a story,” Lynch said.
Murrell, who was 15 at the time, had 11 arrests prior to the June 3 incident.
Veve, who was promoted to detective in October, is a nine-year veteran of the force. He had 350 arrests and was recognized nearly two dozen times for meritorious duty.