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John Nuthall


April 25, 2018

PBA statement on Appellate Judge's refusal to halt release of cop-killer and terrorist sympathizer Herman Bell

Today, a New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, 3rd Department judge denied the PBA’s request, filed on behalf of police widow Diane Piagentini, for a temporary restraining order to keep triple-cop-killer Herman Bell in prison during the appeals process. Bell, who was recently revealed to have supported terrorist attacks in online postings he made while in prison, will be eligible for release this Friday. However, the PBA’s motion to keep Bell in jail will next be heard by a full appellate panel. If that motion is granted, Bell can be returned to prison while the appeal moves forward.

PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said:

“We have come to learn of Herman Bell’s ties to terrorist groups that are a clear and present danger to our nation. Bell had posted support for violent terrorist attacks but washed away his digital postings in support of terrorism just prior to his appearance before the parole board. Herman Bell has not changed. He has only hidden his true beliefs and adjusted his words to satisfy the new requirements for parole and that makes him a danger to society. Denial of this TRO while we pursue the appeal of the wrong-headed, illegal decision of the parole board will release a dangerous man who has repeatedly demonstrated his capability to commit violent acts onto our streets. All law enforcement and the general public must be aware of this dangerous presence who will now walk among us.”


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The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (PBA) is the largest municipal police union in the nation and represents nearly 50,000 active and retired NYC police officers.