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Updated Apr 11, 2016

 


Cop-Shooter Laborde Dies in Prison; PBA Says World Better Off

By MARK TOOR

    
JOHN SCARANGELLA  
 
LYNCH: ‘A blood-thirsty domestic terrorist.’  
   
   

Anthony Laborde, who was serving a 25-year-to-life term for shooting two police officers on a Queens street in 1981 while a member of the murderous Black Liberation Army, died in prison last week of an inflammation of the gall bladder.

Mr. Laborde and another BLA member, James Dixon-York, were in a van in the St. Albans section when Police Officers John Scarangella and Richard Rainey pulled it over to question the two men about a series of burglaries.

Came Out Blasting

The pair emerged from the van firing 9-mm. pistols at the officers. Officer Scaran­gella died two weeks later in his hospital bed. Officer Rainey, who was disabled, died last year.

“Anthony Laborde was a cold-blooded cop-killer whose death in prison is not deserving of any righteous person’s tears,” Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said in a statement. “The City of New York and this Earth is a far better place without the likes of Laborde and his band of blood-thirsty domestic terrorists.

“We reserve our sympathies for the families of Police Officers John Scarangella, whose life he cut short, and for Richard Rainey, who lived his remaining years in terrible pain from the 14 shots he took from those animals.”

Mr. Laborde, who changed his name to Abdul Majid after converting to Islam in prison, was 65 years old.

Barron Wants Death Probe

Brooklyn Assemblyman Charles Barron, a former Black Panther, called for an independent investigation of the death while saying, “I supported him because he was a political prisoner. It seemed that the system wants members of the Black Liberation movement to die in prison.”

The Black Liberation Army blamed for the shootings of Officers Scarangella and Rainey was formed in 1971 by violent former members of the Black Panther Party and focused primarily on robberies and murdering cops. It collapsed 10 years later after the robbery of a Brink’s armored truck in Rockland County, in which two police officers were slain. Several BLA members and radical white activist Kathy Boudin were arrested.

The BLA was responsible for as many as 13 murders of police officers around the country, including five from the NYPD.