New York Daily News

September 14, 2012


Police union takes to Internet to keep convicted cop killer Salvatore Desarno behind bars

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association creates web page so people can send parole board letters urging them to keep Desarno in prison. Desarno shot Police Officer Cecil Sledge in 1980 during traffic stop

Police officer and 9/11 first responder Alonzo Harris's discussed carcinogens found on his uniform during a press conference on Sunday. Photo by Kevin Hagen for New York Daily News
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The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association has set up a web page making it easier for the public to urge the parole board to keep convicted cop killer Salvatore Desarno in prison.

A convicted cop killer is up for parole this week — and union officials are using the web to keep the man behind bars.

Salvatore (Crazy Sal) Desarno shot Police Officer Cecil Sledge in Brooklyn in January 1980, years before cop killers were routinely sentence to life without parole.

At the time, Desarno was out on parole for an unrelated armed robbery when Sledge pulled him over in Canarsie to issue him a traffic summons.

Desarno shot the cop, who then got snagged on the car’s bumper. Desarno peeled away from the scene and dragged Sledge’s body for a quarter of a mile.

Desarno then smashed into a house, where he was arrested.

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said the union designed a web page to make it easier for people to send letters of objection to the state’s parole board and stop them from setting Desarno free.

“Today’s cop killers can be sentenced to life in prison without parole,” Lynch said in a statement. “Sadly, there are literally hundreds of dangerous cop killers each year who are given a shot at freedom through parole.”

A letter can be sent by logging on to and clicking the “Keep Cop Killers in Jail” icon.