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Stony Brook prof Anna Hayward blames stabbed cops for ‘murder’ of their attacker

A New York university professor is drawing heat as “anti-cop” and “blaming the victim” for condemning as murderers two Suffolk County cops that shot dead the knife wielding man who tried to kill them, leaving them with serious stab wounds.

“This was a wellness check — why didn’t they de-escalate the situation?” Prof. Anna Hayward posted on a Stony Brook Medicine Instagram update on the conditions of the two stabbed officers with its staff and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison.

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

The 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 Dec. 28, when one of the men turned a knife on the officers, authorities said.

The man stabbed and seriously injured the two officers, one with life-threatening neck wounds. 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 transported for minor injuries.

Anna Hayward
Hayward accused the cops of not de-escalating the situation.

Anna Hayward
Hayward used the Instagram handle “hayanna72.”


New Suffolk Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison is sworn in today at the Suffolk County Police Training facility in Brentwood, NY, Harrison, a former chief with NYPD is the first Black commissioner of the Suffolk County Police Department.
Suffolk Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison aided his department with updating the public on the two officers’ conditions.


Lou Civello, vice president of the Suffolk County PBA, slammed Hayward’s “murdered” comments as beyond the pale.

“While a Suffolk County Police Officer fights for his life after being stabbed in the neck an anti-police Professor slanderously  referred to him and his partner as murderers,” Civello told The Post Monday night

“Stony Brook University Professor Dr. Anna Hayward  displayed a stunning level of ignorance when she callously commented on Stony Brook’s official 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 glance” at Hayward’s Twitter account reveals numerous anti-law enforcement posts including calls to ‘defund the police.’”

Stony Brook University Main Entrance. The sign and flags with the Wang Center in the background at the SUNY institution at Stony Brook, Long Island, New York.
Anna Hayward works as a professor at Stony Brook Medicine.

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


Two police officers were stabbed by a knife-wielding suspect on Long Island Wednesday evening in an altercation that ended with cops shooting the man dead.
Two Suffolk County cops were left with serious stab wounds.


“Stony Brook University must denounce Dr. Hayward’s hateful comments and should put an end to the harmful anti-police bias in their program,” said Civello, while praising the work of Stony Brooklyn’s hospital medical staff’s treatment of the 2 officers.

“Stony Brook University Medical Center’s outstanding care performed a miracle in saving these Police Officers’ lives.  It’s shameful that Dr. Hayward would sully the reputation of the entire Stony Brook community with her anti-police rhetoric.”

Hayward did not return email requests for comment. Her anti-cop, “murdered” remarks were removed from Instagram — but not before screen grabs were taken of them.

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

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