By Associated Press - Friday, February 14, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) - A man accused of two shooting attacks on New York City Police officers smiled at his family while dozens of officers crowded a Bronx Supreme Court room on Friday.

Robert Williams, 45, appeared briefly in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs as a judge set a date for arraignment. He is charged with attempted murder after police say he shot at officers in a police van Saturday evening and in a Bronx station house the next morning. Two wounded officers were treated and released from hospitals.

Attorney Thomas Klein, who represents Williams, asked the judge not to allow media to photograph his client in court Friday out of “security concerns” and worries that the jury pool could be tainted. But Bronx Supreme Court Judge George Villegas allowed cameras, saying there have already been widely circulated photos and video of Williams.

A relative said “We love you, Robert” as he left the courtroom Friday, but family members declined comment to the media.

“As we know, there was an assassin walking our streets,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said after the hearing.

A message was left for defense attorney Klein seeking comment on his client’s behalf.

Williams is expected to return to court on March 6.

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