Man accused of killing NYPD Officer Randolph Holder greeted by angry family, cops at arraignment
The man accused of gunning down a NYPD officer during an East Harlem crime spree couldn't stand to face the sea of cops and furious family who packed a Manhattan courtroom for his arraignment.
Tyrone Howard, wearing a white Tyvek jumpsuit while shackled and handcuffed, collapsed to his knees and refused to get up during the brief proceeding Wednesday night.
Howard, 30, did not enter a plea and was held without bail on first degree murder and robbery charges in the death of Officer Randolph Holder."As you can see, Mr. Howard has had medical treatment," said his court-appointed attorney, Brian Kennedy. "He has been complaining of certain chest pains."
Officer Holder's sister, standing feet away from the man accused of killing her brother could barely contain her anger.
"Kill his f---ing ass!" Sherry Holder shouted.
The tension spread through the overcrowded court
"I hope you burn in hell," someone from the back of the room yelled.
A sea of cops greeted Howard at his arraignmnet in Manhattan Criminal Court on October 21, 2015.
Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch railed against Howard in an impassioned speech to the hundreds of NYPD officers gathered in the hallway outside the courtroom after arraignment.
"Every one of these police officers will be back in this court. We'll be back in this court every time this miscreant has a court appearance to make sure there's justice," Lynch said. "This coward couldn't even stand up. Yesterday evening he was able to run, yesterday evening he was able to pull a gun, yesterday evening he was tough enough to pull that trigger and kill a police officer - but he's not tough enough to stand before the judge and face justice. Well we're all here, we'll continue to be here, to make sure he faces that justice."