PBA President Says Parole Board Should Be Fired For Freeing Convicted Cop Killer

March 15, 2018 - 12:15 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- PBA President Pat Lynch is calling on the parole board to be fired after granting parole to the man convicted of gunning down two NYPD officers 47 years ago.

The release of Herman Bell is sparking outrage from everyone from the slain officers' loved ones, to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

"This parole board needs to be fired," Lynch said. "They need to be gone. They lost their goddamn humanity when they look at a cold-blooded killer that would pump 22 rounds into a police officer who is begging for their life saying, 'I have two daughters ... I have a wife, please don't kill me.'"

In 1971, Bell was one of three members of the Black Revolutionary Army who lured Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones to a Harlem housing project with a bogus 911 call.

When the officers arrived at the scene, they were gunned down in cold blood. Jones died instantly but Piagentini, who was shot 12 times, begged for his life only to have Bell fire the fatal shot with Piagentini's own gun.

"We are angered and sickened that this horrible person, who was devoid of any human compassion or empathy when he continued to shoot my already wounded husband, Joseph, while he pleaded for his life for the sake of his family, will now be free to walk out of prison," said Piagentini's widow Diane. "My family and I believe that the members of parole board who made this horrible decision have not only betrayed the trust of all the line of duty police families, but have also failed in their duty to protect the citizens of this state.  They should be fired and should never be allowed to sit in judgment again. The message being sent devalues the life of my brave husband who was taken from his two daughters and for whom there is no parole.  How can we ask our police officers to risk their lives to protect society when society fails to appropriately punish their animalistic killers?" 

Lynch also said the parole board failed in their duty to protect the citizens of this state.

"There are no words to express our anger and disgust that they have granted release to a cold-blooded cop-killer who successfully gamed the system in two states to win his freedom," Lynch added. "Herman Bell, a domestic terrorist and member of the Black Liberation Army, is responsible for the death of three fine law enforcement officers: Police officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones in NYC and Sgt. John Young in San Francisco.  His release on parole is a painful affront to the families of every police officer who has sacrificed his or her life in the line of duty."

Bell was sentenced to 25 years to life sentence and Diane Piagentini said since Bell did not confess to the murder in 2012, his sentence should have began then.

But the parole board thought differently and granted parole to the now 71-year-old bell, Al Jones reported.

It is unclear when Bell will be released.