Contact: Albert O'Leary
PBA Communications Director
212-298-9190

or Joseph Mancini
212-298-9150

January 23, 2004
For Immediate Release




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NYC PBA OPPOSES PAROLE FOR COP KILLER

PBA President Patrick J. Lynch laid a wreath at a memorial for slain police officer George Werdann at the 47th Precinct while calling for the continued incarceration of the officer’s killer who is seeking parole.

“New York City’s police officers are never off-duty as was demonstrated by the heroic acts of police officer George Werdann on February 21, 1982. The young, 23 year-old police officer was on his way home from the 47 Precinct when he spotted a supermarket robbery in progress and pursued the armed gunmen in his private automobile. One of the two robbers, Jose Curet, waited crouched behind a car and ambushed and killed officer Werdann in cold blood. Eleven days later, Jose Curet and his brother were arrested in Puerto Rico where they fled after the murder. On January 28th, Jose Curet will be considered for parole and we are here to say that it must be denied. New York State must send a message, loud and strong, that cop killers will never be permitted to walk the streets as free men.”

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