Newsday
December 17, 2010

 

PBA Leader Assails Judge for Granting Bail in Cop-Shooting

By MARK TOOR

Patrick J. Lynch: "Never let them out."  

PATRICK LYNCH: Calls on judge to revoke bail.

    

Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch criticized a Brooklyn judge Dec. 10 for granting bail of $100,000 for a 17-year-old charged with shooting a police officer who was chasing him.

"Police Officer Ricardo Ramirez would have been another name on the police memorial wall except for the quick reaction of his fellow officer Brian McGiver, who recognized a potentially fatal gunshot wound and used a belt as a tourniquet, saving Officer Ramirez's life," Mr. Lynch said in a statement.

'"The shooter, Elijah Foster-Bey, is another punk who was carrying an illegal firearm when confronted by police and fled in an attempt to avoid being arrested with the gun. He ran into a building and was trapped in a dead end at the top of a stairway where he turned and fired on three police officers chasing him up the stairs nearly killing Officer Ramirez. We are calling on Judge [Gustin] Reichbach to acknowledge this terrible mistake and revoke this cop-killer's bail and remand him to custody."

Mr. Foster-Bey was charged Dec. 6 with attempted murder and criminal use of a weapon.