Posted on October 5, 2023

Brian Dowling, 18, Is Arrested for Fatal Stabbing of Brooklyn Community Activist

Jen Smith, Daily Mail, October 5, 2023

The NYPD has arrested a suspect in the fatal stabbing of Brooklyn community activist Ryan Thoresen Carson.

Brian Dowling, 18, was arrested at an apartment in Bedford Stuyvesant on Thursday morning.

Police were looking for the black Champion sweatshirt he was wearing when they showed up at the apartment and found him.

It is not far from where he was filmed stabbing Carson, 32, to death while he waited for a bus with his girlfriend at 3.50am on Monday.

Dowling was previously described as ’emotionally and mentally disturbed’.

He is understood to work at a school in Clinton Hill and is so unhinged that his own aunt reported him to police two months ago after he broke his girlfriend’s belongings in a fight.

Carson spearheaded liberal causes like creating supervised drug injection sites across the city.

His girlfriend, according to now locked-down social media profiles, was an avid BLM activist who, among other remarks, used the cop-hating acronym ACAB in some posts.

Their friends say he would consider his killer the ‘victim of a broken system’ and would want his death to be used to continue advocating for social justice causes.

Yesterday, friends set up a GoFundMe account for Carson’s girlfriend.

They have so far raised $60,000.