New York Post
July 2, 2010


Man convicted in 1973 cop slay freed

By PHILIP MESSING

Convicted cop killer Shu'aib Raheem - found guilty of the 1973 killing of NYPD Police Officer Stephen Gilroy - walked out of an upstate prison this morning a this morning a free man after nearly four decades behind bars, outraging the victims' fellow officers.

Raheem, 60, was freed today under a controversial 2-to-1 Parole Board vote last month, and strode out of New York Correctional Center, in upstate Naponach, authorities said.

"It is disgraceful that the State Division of Parole found it fitting to release the man who assassinated police officer Stephen Gilroy back onto the streets of Brooklyn," said Patrolmens Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch. "It is no surprise that this horrible and controversial decision was made by two parole commissioners as they were leaving the board."

Marc Violette, a spokesman for the State Division of Parole, said that Raheem was dropped off at an undisclosed address in Manhattan.

Raheem was convicted for taking part in the January 1973 slaying of Officer Gilroy that occurred after he and two associates robbed a Williamsburg sporting goods store and held a dozen people hostage for two days.

Last month, Gilroy's widow, Patricia, reacted to the news of Raheem's pending date with freedom with unbridled anger directed toward the parole commissioners who decided to let him go just before their appointments were to end.

"What the hell were they thinking?" she asked.

Parole officials had voted to free Raheem in 2007, but after The Post detailed how victims statements were never admitted into evidence, Raheem's release was rescinded, sparking a new hearing last month.

Violette declined to say with whom Raheem would staying, be added that the freed prisoner would be meeting soon with his parole officer soon to set up details of his supervision.

Raheem told parole officials during his most recent hearing that he plans to relocate in the Carolinas, but that plan will be on hold, pending an approval by parole officials here and in parole officials in the state where he hopes to settle.

philip.messing@nypost.com