Chief-Leader
September 17, 2012

 

PBA Makes It Easier For Public to Oppose Paroling Cop-Killers

By MARK TOOR

PATRICK J. LYNCH: ‘No cop-killer deserves parole.’     

PATRICK J. LYNCH: ‘No cop-killer deserves parole.’

 

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has created an easy-to-use web link that allows people to register their objections to granting parole to people who have murdered police officers.

“Today’s cop-killers can be sentenced to life in prison without parole,” PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said in a statement. “Sadly, that wasn’t always the case, and there are literally hundreds of dangerous cop-killers each year who are given a shot at freedom through parole.

‘A Danger to Civilians, Too’

“It has long been the PBA’s position that anyone who kills a police officer would not think twice about killing a civilian and that they represent too much of a danger to be released onto our streets,” he continued. “To that end, the PBA has designed a simple-to-use web page that will send a letter of objection from the user to the parole board for one or even all cop-killers.”

The link can be accessed at the PBA’s home page, www.NYCPBA.org. A click on the box labeled “Keep-Cop Killers in Jail” brings up a message from Mr. Lynch. Another click brings up a list of about 60 names, mostly officers killed on the job stretching back to the 1970s, when the Black Liberation Army was ambushing police officers.

People can click on a name, insert their last name and zip code, add a comment if they choose and then click on a button to submit their objection to state officials. “A copy of your objection will be included in the inmate’s parole folder,” Mr. Lynch said.

The list will be updated quarterly, and a user can choose to be notified when it is, the PBA said.

“This union has been and will continue to be very vocal in our opposition to the parole requests of any cop-killer,” Mr. Lynch said. “But we can’t do it alone, and you can help.