In 1971, Herman Bell lured two of “New York’s finest” to a Harlem housing project under the ruse of a domestic violence disturbance, with the intent of ambushing and murdering the police officers.
When police officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones arrived on the scene, Bell (a domestic terrorist) shot them from behind. However not content with simply killing Officer Piagentini outright Bell instead severely wounded the young father of two children begging for his life.
Bell then stood over the pleading officer who was moaning to spare his life, and cold bloodily (execution style), pumped a dozen rounds into his body, Officer Waverly (who was black) was shot four times and died instantly.
The brutal, cold-blooded assassinations of two New York City police officers, sparked outrage across the nation. Bell a member of the Black Liberation Army was finally tried and sentenced to life in prison… “justice served”!
Until New York City slowly became a bastion of progressivism. Comparable to that of California where criminal illegal aliens and sanctuary cities are now the principle concern of progressive politicians like Governors Moonbeam and New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has politicized every aspect of governance within the state, including the states parole board.
Which had the impudence of releasing “three-time” cop killer Herman Bell, back into society. That stunning decision in allowing a convicted cop(s) killer to walk free has rocked the nation, and of course the New York Police Department to its foundation.
Moreover, the sheer detachment of the gruesome crime committed by Bell was stunningly evident by the Cuomo appointed parole board when a member fawning over Bell exclaimed it was a “privilege to sit before you today” before turning the 70-year old “murder” loose.
Bell had for the first 30-years, refused to display any kind of remorse or accountability for his grisly crime, claiming he was a “political prisoner” although at his trial witnesses and friends testified that he openly bragged about committing the assassinations, until 2012 when Bell suddenly had a change-of- heart and admitted to the parole board he was responsible for the carnage stating he was now a “peaceful” man you’d want as a friend.
Fast forward to March of 2018 and Bell is a “free man” thanks to Governor Cuomo’s progressive appointees.
Moreover adding “insult to injury” the “good” Governor has pardoned over 24,000 convicted felons, who are now on supervised parole stating in a press conversance it’s away of “improving” their “civic engagement.”
Perhaps the saddest moment came when Diane Piagentini, the widow of Officer Joseph Piagentini was interviewed and asked by a reporter to respond, “There are no word to describe our outrage and disappointment in Governor Cuomo.”
Equally outraged by the decision was the PBA who slammed the parole board, demanding that the Governor “fix the broken NYS Parole Board system.”
“The current parole process contains gigantic loopholes that allow murderous monsters like Herman Bell to game the system by concocting a phony story tailor-made for the new parole guidelines, which doesn’t place enough weight on the nature of the crime,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a statement.
Adding; “To make matters worse, the courts seem to believe that politically-appointed parole board members have unbridled discretion to release criminals onto our streets and are completely immune from challenge by anyone, even when they disregard the law or the board’s own procedures. That must change.”
However with all due respect to Lynch, Governor Cuomo is an unabashed progressive much like his colleague Mayor De Blasio, who believes in sanctuary cities, and open borders, he is the one who personally appointed members of the parole board, who in turn released Herman Bell, and 24,000 convicted felons back onto the street of New York City, there is no ambiguity.
Furthermore, the Governor is seeking a third term and may be running in the Democratic Primary against “Sex and the City” actress/ feminist Cynthia Nixon, which may explain why Cuomo released the 24,000 convicted felons. By attempting to run to the left of Nixon, who has criticized the Governor for not being progressive enough.
Moreover, in a state like New York, Nixon will be a formidable opponent and has already captured the endorsement of the union-backed Working Families Party.
In a recent interview, she lambasted Cuomo exclaiming; “New York Democrats deserve to have at least one actual Democratic candidate for governor at their state convention.”
Which actually illustrates why critical thinking New Yorkers are leaving the state in record numbers.