Ax Attack Against NYC Cops Was Inspired by Terrorists, Police Say

According to police, Zale Thompson converted to Islam two years ago and visited websites affiliated with radical groups.
2:12 | 10/24/14

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Transcript for Ax Attack Against NYC Cops Was Inspired by Terrorists, Police Say
Pursuant to yesterday's attack on the police officer who cuisine that is wave of hostility and that applies ill Herbert Thompson's gentlemen you see in my left. Eyes as the perpetrator of the severe. Tack on to police sources. Doing that a salt this blue hatchet. Tool was was recovered from his person he was still hanging on to. One when he was declared. Pronounce the away at the scene. Through the night we were able to identify. Different aspects of his life. Through his fingerprints we found that that he had six wire or arrest and Cox more California. In 2003 and 2004. Mostly for domestic victory history he has no New York arrests thus for the we've assembled point. He's only NYPD conduct contact was when he was a victim of assault back in 1988 when he was sixteen years old. Right now he was do we find that he was discharged from the military. After three years in 2003. And military discharge were still investigating what happened there as well. Preliminarily it poses upon drugs. Maybe you've pulled some drugs there. We get to search once on the overnight. One as is his residence. We will speak to family members the other one that it is Smollins misses both in Queens and nearby with the attack took care. Occurred. We found that it music he's a convert to Islam actually two years ago. He's been described by failing those as a recluse and by his other family members that he was depressed lately. We got news significant amount of evidence two examine right now. Cell phones computer towers laptops. And these two items over here to my right. You'll see these recovered from his residence is a weaponized acts. With both sides as to as the weapon and also a very large hunting knife as well. This is where we stand right now the investigation. We were able to go up one his social media sites as well. And found some anti government postings. We're examining that stuff those that material right now it's ongoing my detectives are going to the computers the fun of the evidence as well.

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