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

or Joseph Mancini
212-298-9150

December 5, 2007
For Immediate Release




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STATEMENT ON INDICTMENT OF P.O. RAPHAEL LORA

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said in reaction to the indictment of police officer Raphael Lora:

“This off-duty officer took action to protect his community from an obviously dangerous drunk driver who had already crashed into two parked vehicles.  The officer, who never fired his weapon before on the job, was subsequently forced to fire in order to protect his own life and to prevent possible injury to others.  We can only speculate about what might have happened if this out of control drunk driver was allowed to continue his trail of destruction.  A criminal indictment was unwarranted in this case.

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