NY professor pounded for accusing cops of being murderers after shooting man on vicious stabbing spree in self-defense

A Stony Brook University professor drew heavy criticism for her poorly thought-out social media commentary accusing two Suffolk County, N.Y. cops of being murderers after they shot a man who attacked them with a knife last week, inflicting serious stab wounds on the officers.

In a since-deleted comment on a Stony Brook Medicine Instagram update on the condition of the two law enforcement officers who were stabbed in the line of duty, Anna Hayward who plies her trade at Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare popped off under the screen name of “hayanna72.”

“This was a wellness check — why didn’t they de-escalate the situation?” Professor Hayward wrote. “What about the man they murdered?”

(Image: Screengrab/The Daily Mail)

The nearly fatal incident for the officers went down last Wednesday night when they responded to a case worker who was dispatched to the Birchwood Road complex in Medford after receiving a call about an altercation between roommates living in an apartment or condo. When they arrived, they were savagely attacked by a man wielding what was described as a “Rambo style” butcher knife, lashing out at officers who defended themselves, neutralizing the threat to their lives in the process.

A total of three officers were transported to Stony Brook Trauma Center with the injuries inflicted on one of the cops being so severe that he was airlifted to the hospital. One other officer was also stabbed with the third officer being treated for minor injuries suffered at the crime scene.

(Video: CBS New York)

Despite the very real danger to the officers and the wounds that they suffered, their attacker, 56-year-old Enrique Lopez, was portrayed as the victim by Professor Hayward.


(Image: Screengrab/Stony Brook University)

Her twisted perspective – which was removed from the platform – earned a scathing rebuke from Suffolk County PBA vice president Lou Civello who blasted her accusing the injured cops of being murderers 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 New York Post on Monday.

“Stony Brook University Professor Dr. Anna Hayward displayed a stunning level of ignorance when she callously commented on Stony Brook’s official page condemning the actions of these hero cops who stopped an armed criminal and saved others from harm,” the Suffolk County PBA wrote on Twitter.

“A quick glance at Dr. Hayward’s Twitter account reveals numerous anti-law enforcement posts including calls to ‘defund the police,'” the PBA added after reviewing Hayward’s Twitter activity.
“Stony Brook University must denounce Dr. Hayward’s hateful comments and should put an end to the harmful anti-police bias in their program.”

“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 Stonybrook community with her anti-police rhetoric,” the PBA added, noting that the officers’ lives were saved by Stony Brook’s dedicated medical staff.

The Twitter account belonging to “hayanna72” no longer exists, limiting further scrutiny of the left-wing educator’s anti-cop ravings.

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