The Chief
February 11, 2005


Letters to the Editor

Keep Assassins Behind Bars

To the Editor:

On behalf of the 50,000 active and retired police officers of the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, I want to thank you for your story (Jan.28 issue) about our opposition to the parole of a cop killer.

The late 1970’s and 1980’s were bad years for police officers. It was a time when there were militant groups whose main purpose for existence was to murder police officers. Many of the individuals who are coming up for parole now, 25 years later, are members of those could-blooded assassins’ groups.

We are fortunate to have the support of many tireless and energetic police retirees, whose efforts ingathering signatures on anti-parole petitions are critical in our quest to keep cop killers in jail for life. And we appreciate the support of the media who help us to inform the public at large about the tragic losses suffered by the families of the officers who died protecting our free society. I wish that the victim impact statements made before the parole board were open to the public, so, that everyone could experience the loss of these families. I wish you could see how the court stenographers cry while recording those comments. It is impossible not to be affected by their loss.

Once again, we thank you and all those who work so tirelessly to keep cop killers behind bars where they belong. I regret to say that we will be calling upon you again in the future for the same purpose.

   Patrick J. Lynch
      President, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association