New York Post
June 5, 2010


'73 Cop Killer to be Released

Outrage at Parole Bd. flip

By JOHN DOYLE, PHILIP MESSING and DAN MANGAN

June 5, 2010

See also New York Post story "State parole board votes to release 1973 cop killer" and editorial, "Cop-killer on the roam"

A cold-blooded killer who gunned down a cop during a 1973 hostage siege in Brooklyn will walk out of prison next month -- thanks to a stunning Parole Board vote that has left both the officer's family and the NYPD devastated.

"I don't understand this decision, at all. What the hell were they thinking?" said Patricia Gilroy, whose husband, Stephen, was just 29 when Shuaib Raheem and three accomplices took his life.

   
 
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  MORE ANGUISH: Linda Terry, holding a pic of her slain cop uncle Stephen Gilroy, feels "sick to my stomach" that Shuaib Raheem (inset, in 1973) will go free.

"My family and Steve's family and the families of the hostages and all the police officers involved are left to wonder what exactly justice is. It sure isn't this."

The Parole Board voted on Thursday to free Raheem, 60, by July 8.

"Tragically, in the case of this murdering animal, the worst possible decision was made," said Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch. "He should remain in prison for the rest of his life."

Raheem, then 23, and three other Sunni Muslims, feeling threatened by the rival Nation of Islam, entered a Williamsburg sporting-goods store on Jan. 19, 1973, to steal rifles and ammunition.

Instead, they took 10 hostages and waged a gunfight with cops, including Gilroy, who took a bullet to the head.

The trio surrendered after 47 hours, by which time the hostages had escaped and one of the suspects had been shot.

Raheem, sentenced to 25 years to life, is at the Eastern Correctional Facility in upstate Napanoch.

In November 2007, Parole Board members Debra Loomis and Thomas Grant, citing his good behavior, voted to release Raheem. The third panelist, Henry Lemons, abstained.

That decision -- first reported by The Post -- drew a flood of outrage from Gilroy's widow and survivors of the siege. Their testimony and statements led the board to rescind Raheem's release.

But Thursday, after hearing from supporters of Raheem, the same board voted exactly the same way. He will remain on parole for life.

Coincidentally, Loomis' and Grant's terms expire June 18.

"I believe they are both brain dead," said Gilroy's wife. "What a disgusting turn of events! The justice system is so perverted it sides on the guilty more times than not. This is such an outrage!"

Linda Terry, who named her son, now 12, after her uncle, Stephen Gilroy, fumed: "The two Parole Board members who voted yes will be held accountable if this fool does something else. It makes me sick to my stomach."