New York Daily News

April 6, 2015, 6:10 AM



Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association works to seize more than $10K from cop-killer for victims’ families



Herman Bell is serving a 25-year-to-life sentence for the 1971 murders of NYPD Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is working to seize more than $10,000 from Bell's prison account for the officers' families.


A police union wants a cold-blooded cop killer to pay — in cold, hard cash.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association hopes to seize more than $10,000 from the prison account of cop-killer Herman Bell and give the procured funds to the families of the two officers he murdered four decades ago.

Under the Son of Sam law, the union has taken action to acquire the money from Bell, 67, who is imprisoned at Great Meadows Correctional Facility in Comstock for the 1971 murders of NYPD Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones. In 1979, Bell was sentenced to 25 years to life.

While behind bars, Bell — a former Black Liberation Army member — has acquired more than $10,000, funds that PBA President Pat Lynch said should go to the loved ones of the slain cops.

“We believe that we have a solemn obligation to the families of police officers who are killed in the line of duty to do all that we can to help them physically, morally and financially,” Lynch said in a statement Sunday.

Chandra Jones, 45, of Fayetteville, N.C., was only 2 when Bell, along with Anthony Bottom and Albert Washington, ambushed the officers at the Colonial Park Houses, now the Ralph Rangel Houses, on W. 159th St. in Harlem. Jones’ father was shot in the head.

“It would mean a lot to me,” Jones said of her family receiving some of the money. “It would bring a lot of justice. He’s the only reason my father is not here with us right now. He's the reason I never got to know my dad.

“These guys killed my father brutally,” she added. “There were six of us kids, and only two of us knew my father ... We still talk about it. We wished we grew up with our dad.”

A hearing will be held to determine whether the union can collect the money from Bell, according to PBA spokesman Albert O’Leary.

Inmates can amass funds for work performed in prison, through outside contributions, or, in some cases, from civil suits filed by the prisoner.

Families are notified by The New York State Crime Victim Compensation Board when an inmate’s account reaches more than $10,000.

Officer Joseph Piagentini (above) and his partner Waverly Jones (below) were ambushed and killed at the Colonial Park Houses on W. 159th St. in Harlem.