Stony Brook teacher Anna Hayward blames stabbing cops for ‘murder’ of their attacker

A New York University professor draws heat as an ‘anti-cop’ and ‘blames the victim’ for convicting two Suffolk County cops who shot the knife-wielding man who killed him as murderers. attempted to kill them, leaving them with serious stab wounds.

“It was a health check – why didn’t they defuse the situation?” Professor Anna Hayward posted an Instagram update from Stony Brook Medicine on the conditions of the two stabbed officers with her staff and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison.

“Why did a man have to die? And the man they murdered? Hayward brazenly accused, using the handle “hayanna72”.

Suffolk County officers had responded to a call that the suspect was threatening his roommate with a fire extinguisher, authorities said, on Birchwood Road in Medford on December 28, when one of the men turned a knife on officers, authorities said.

The man stabbed and seriously injured the two officers, including one with life-threatening neck injuries. At least one of the cops pulled out his firearm and fatally shot the suspect in self-defense, police said.

Both officers were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment. A third officer was also airlifted with minor injuries.

Hayward accused the cops of not defusing the situation.

Anna Hayward

Hayward used the Instagram handle “hayanna72”.


New Suffolk Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison was sworn in today at the Suffolk County Police Training Center in Brentwood, NY Harrison, a former NYPD chief, is the police department's first black commissioner of Suffolk County.

Suffolk Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison helped his department update the public on the conditions of the two officers.


Lou Civello, vice president of the Suffolk County PBA, criticized Hayward’s “murdered” comments as out of place.

“As a Suffolk County police officer fights for his life after being stabbed in the neck, an anti-police professor has slandered him and his partner as murderers,” Civello told the Post on Monday. evening.

“Stony Brook University professor Dr. Anna Hayward exhibited a staggering level of ignorance when she harshly commented on the official Stony Brook page denouncing the police and condemning the actions of these hero cops who stopped an armed criminal and saved others from harm.”

He said a “quick look” at Hayward’s Twitter account reveals numerous anti-law enforcement posts, including calls to “defund the police.”

Main entrance to Stony Brook University. The sign and flags with the Wang Center in the background at the SUNY institution in Stony Brook, Long Island, New York.

Anna Hayward is a professor at Stony Brook Medicine.

Two police officers were stabbed by a knife-wielding suspect on Long Island on Wednesday night in an altercation that ended with cops shooting the man dead.


Two police officers were stabbed by a knife-wielding suspect on Long Island on Wednesday night in an altercation that ended with cops shooting the man dead.

Two Suffolk County cops suffered serious stab wounds.


“Stony Brook University must speak out against Dr. Hayward’s hateful comments and end harmful anti-police bias in their curriculum,” Civello said, while praising the work of medical staff at Stony Brooklyn Hospital for the treatment of the 2 agents.

“The exceptional care at Stony Brook University Medical Center worked a miracle in saving the lives of these officers. It is shameful that Dr. Hayward besmirches the reputation of the entire Stony Brook community with his anti-police rhetoric.

Hayward did not return email requests for comment. His anti-cop and “murdering” remarks were deleted from Instagram – but not before screenshots were taken of them.

Stony Brook U. officials, in a statement late Monday, said, “We appreciate the members of law enforcement who work to keep our community safe and we are proud of our physicians at Stony Brook Medicine for the quality medical care they provided to injured officers; we wish them a speedy recovery. The comments made online came from what appears to be the private account of a faculty member who is not affiliated with Stony Brook University.


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