EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): We, the older generation of Greek-Americans, can debate local, regional, global, or …planetary politics for days on end (and we can “kill” each other in the process…), while our offspring are fast advancing in different professional fields making us proud. Such is the case of Kanella Georgopoulos, Queens Assistant D.A., the daughter of George Georgopoulos, an architect and among the long-time leaders at the Federation of Hellenic Societies of New York. In this case, Kanella followed her mom, Christina’s, footsteps, who is an attorney…
Kanella had a central role in the indictment of Devin Spraggins, 22, who shot a rookie cop a few weeks ago. “This was a clear attempt of an assassination. This defendant wanted to take the life of one of New York City’s Finest,” assistant district attorney Kanella Georgopoulos told the court. You can read the rest of the story below… But if you live in or commute to NYC, and face a very dangerous subway and skyrocketing crime rates, this is the kind of story you love to hear: that NYC is returning to putting away criminals for a long time…
Our sincerest congratulations to Kanella (Nellie)!! We are very proud and hopeful that this younger generation will soon take the lead in our organizations!! Our community is overflowing with talent in all fields!
Devin Spraggins charged with attempted murder after shooting rookie NYPD cop as prosecutors claim gun went off accidentally.
Devin Spraggins, 22, was slapped with a slew of charges in Queens Criminal Court — including attempted murder of a police officer — in the wake of Wednesday’s violent shooting in Jamaica that erupted over an MTA bus seat.
“This was a clear attempt of an assassination. This defendant wanted to take the life of one of New York City’s Finest,” assistant district attorney Kanella Georgopoulos told the court.
The ordeal unfolded after Spraggins got into a fight with a passenger on a city bus and allegedly whipped out his firearm just before 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday — prompting the driver to hail down two nearby cops, according to a criminal complaint.
Spraggins, who was nabbed by police late Thursday and flipped the bird as he was hauled into the precinct Friday, allegedly admitted to fleeing when the officers Brett Boller and Anthony Rock tried to question him in the bus doorway, the complaint says.
The suspect, who prosecutors say has a prior rape offense from when he was a juvenile, claims he ran because he knew he “had his gun in his waistband.”
Harrowing surveillance video obtained by The Post showed the officers chasing after him along 161st Street before Spraggins allegedly pulled his gun from his waistband and shot Boller, striking him in the leg.
Despite agreeing in police interviews that he is the man captured in the surveillance videos opening fire, Spraggins allegedly insisted that the “gun in his waistband just went off” when Boller caught up to him, according to the complaint.
After shooting Boller, he “attempted to take the life” of the other responding officer by “positioning himself in a shooter’s stance…and pointed his firearm” at the cop.
Spraggins was captured on surveillance video ditching his jacket, mask and sweatshirt in a nearby parking lot — and then jumping into a Lyft he’d ordered, the complaint said.
Once home, he allegedly cut his hair to alter his appearance, prosecutors said.
Judge Jeffrey Gershuny slammed Spraggins’ alleged actions as “cowardly” as he denied his request for bail during his brief arraignment.
At least 50 cops piled into the courtroom to watch as Spraggins was hauled before the judge.
Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch ripped the suspect for claiming the gun fired accidentally, saying it’s “complete nonsense.”
“He’s living in an upside down world, where he doesn’t realize that there is videos on every corner, there’s videos in every shop, there’s videos on every police officers’ chest,” Lynch said.
He added: “Why is it that this coward would think he’s strong enough to run from the police, carry a gun, and use that gun? Unfortunately we know that answer. There is no consequence to causing chaos.
“If he’ll shoot at a New York City police officer, he’ll kill any one of us.”
Meanwhile, Boller, from Hauppauge, Long Island, is recovering from his gunshot injuries at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center after undergoing surgery. He was only three months into the job and is the son of an NYPD inspector in the Brooklyn North precinct.
Oh joy! One less demon off the street.
Good work Kanella standing up for NYPD & prayers for Officer Boller’s recovery
Sir G. and Mr. S: From what I hear from my law enforcement and lawyer friends–there are 3,000 recidivists causing all the mayhem; New Yorkers are not voting on their feet… this will continue for generations with a rigged system -and as far as the churches in all 5 boroughs– once the baby boomers have all met their maker– it’s over for these G.O. Churches– absolutely, because of the mass exodus out of these boroughs! These Churches must re-strategize to win back young, mostly conservative families, who are fleeing out in droves to suburbs and to exurbs!