October 28, 2016, 8:54 PM
BY MOLLY CRANE-NEWMAN, GRAHAM RAYMAN
|PBA president Patrick J. Lynch (l.) join NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters Lawrence Byrne (r.), the brother of slain police officer Edward Byrne, to fight against the parole of the late cop's killers. (ANTHONY DELMUNDO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)|
The head of the city’s largest police union and the brother of a cop murdered in 1988 argued Friday against the release of his killers.
Union head Pat Lynch and slain Officer Edward Byrne’s brother Lawrence met with the state Parole Board in Midtown.
Drug dealers ambushed and killed Edward Byrne, who had just turned 22, while he guarded the Queens home of a witness in February 1988.
Scott Cobb, Philip Copeland, David McClary and Todd Scott are up for parole and are serving 25-to-life sentences.
“He had a bright future ahead and that was all taken away from him and my family that morning,” said Lawrence Byrne, the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters. “Denying them parole will send the message back to them, and to anyone else who attempts to harm our officers.”
The convicts are slated to appear before the board next month.
“We pledge that we will do everything in our power to ensure that they are never granted parole,” said Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.