New York Post
June 5, 2010


State parole board votes to release 1973 cop killer

By JOHN DOYLE

"See also New York Post story “'73 Cop Killer to be Released" and editorial, "Cop-killer on the roam"

A state parole board has voted to release a cop-killing kidnapper involved in a 47-hour hostage standoff in Brooklyn in 1973, officials said today.

Shuaib Raheem was initially granted parole three years ago in a decision that was later rescinded after it sparked a raft of outrage from the cop’s widow and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Raheem, 60, was informed today that he will be paroled. He is slated to be released on July 8 from the Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch, a prison located in upstate Ulster County.

   
 
Vern Shibla/New York Post
  The Brooklyn suspects on their way to arraignment; (l-r)Dawud Abdullah ar-Rahman, Shuaib Abdullah Raheem and Salih-Ali Abdullah.

The parole board in Albany voted 2-1 to release Raheem.

The board had previously denied his request six times.

"Tragically, in the case of this murdering animal, the worst possible decision was made." said PBA President Pat Lynch.

Raheem was 23 when he and three other young men barged into John & Al's Sporting Goods on Broadway in Williamsburg to steal rifles and ammo from the shelves for what he called a war on injustices against Muslims.

After Officer Stephen Gilroy was shot in the head, his body stayed inside along with the wounded cops for two days before the men gave themselves up.

Lynch said cop killers should spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

"We firmly believe that this demands the incarceration for life for all cop killers regardless of when they were convicted," he said.