Kevin Fasick et al., New York Post, October 25, 2014
The self-radicalized madman who attacked four rookie Queens cops with a hatchet had more than just jihad on his mind–he also wanted to kill white people.
“He wanted white people to pay for all that slavery and all that racism,” the father of slain hatchet loon Zale Thompson, 32, told The Post Saturday. “I think he committed suicide–and he was taking one of y’all with him,” his father, Ralph Thompson, said, speaking through the screen door of the two-story Queens Village house where his unhinged son also once lived.
Asked if “one of y’all” meant white people,” the father said, “Yeah.”
“He just said, ‘They have to pay for all their unfairness,’ ” the father added. “Unfairness for the way they treat black people.”
Zale Thompson, 32, was shot dead on a Jamaica, Queens, sidewalk Thursday after he lunged with a blue-handled hatchet at four rookie cops, striking Officer Joseph Meeker, 24, in the arm and Officer Kenneth Healey, 25, in the back of the head. Both those officers are white, as is the third cop. The fourth cop is a light-skinned Hispanic.
“I didn’t know it would get that serious,” the father said wearily of his son, a Navy veteran described by former friends as “bright” but radically pro-“black power” in his youth and a Muslim convert in recent years.
But over the last several years, he was quietly becoming an ardent devourer of violent Islamic propaganda, police said.
“This guy spent every waking moment on the Internet,” said one law-enforcement source. Police are looking back as far as five years to see whether anyone else Thompson communicated with is a threat.
“He Googled the words ‘jihad against police,’ ” the source said of Thompson’s more recent activity. “He also looked up [news stories on] the two Canadian attacks” last week, the source added, referring to so-called “lone wolf” jihadist shooting of a ceremonial guard in Ottawa and a fatal attack on a soldier in Quebec.
Zale Thompson’s own rants mirrored the hate-mongers’ rhetoric. “America’s military is strong abroad, but they have never faced an internal mass revolt,” he wrote on Facebook, where his page featured a photo of a Muslim warrior with a turban and sword. “They are weaker at home. We are scattered and decentralized, we can use this as an advantage.”
Meanwhile Saturday, Healey, the officer most seriously injured, continued his recovery in Jamaica Hospital.