Families Of Murdered Cops Deliver 800K Unread Letters To NY Parole Board

Police officers and families of murdered officers are traveling to the state capitol to deliver 800,000 unread letters.

Albany, NY – A caravan of 10 buses carrying 400 police officers and two dozen widows of murdered officers will make its way to the state capital on Wednesday to deliver 800,000 unread letters in 360 boxes to the New York State Parole Board.

The letters oppose releasing convicted cop killers on parole.

Grace Russell, the wife of murdered New York Police Department (NYPD) Police Officer Michael Russell, discovered the letters weren’t getting to their intended recipients when her husband’s killer came up for parole in March, the New York Daily News reported.

Officer Russell was murdered in Brooklyn in 1979 when he chased a gunman who had just shot a shopkeeper during a charily baseball game, according to the New York Daily News.

Grace and her daughter were organizing another letter writing campaign in March via the online portal the parole board set up in 2012 on the Police Benevolent Association’s (PBA) website. The portal provided an easy link by which letters could be sent directly from the PBA website to the parole board.

She told the New York Daily News that her daughter wondered how many letters had been submitted about her father’s killer, and so she asked a parole board official for the information.

That’s when she learned that the New York State Parole Board had shut down the PBA portal without telling anyone in 2014. Since that time, all the letters submitted via that website have been hanging in limbo, the New York Daily News reported.

It was estimated that more than 200,000 letters opposing the parole of convicted cop killers were never received by the decision makers at the parole board.

The New York Daily News reported that as many as 48,500 letters of opposition in 2018 alone were caught in cyberspace.

During that same time, Herman Bell and Robert Hayes, both of whom were convicted of murdering police officers, were released on parole.

PBA President Patrick Lynch sent a letter to the parole board chair demanding immediate reinstatement of the letter program, the New York Daily News reported.

“By failing to communicate to the PBA, the board has deprived hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers of their right to make their voices heard as part of the parole consideration process,” Lynch said in the letter immediately after the discovery was made.

But New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) Spokesman Thomas Mailey defended the parole board and said that the shutdown of the PBA portal had not prevented people from submitted letters via other channels.

Mailey said that shutting down the PBA link “has in no way prevented the PBA or anyone else from providing letters of opposition or support. The Board always has - and continues to - accept letters that are electronically submitted through the Department’s website or submitted by mail to the facility where the individual is located.”

However, since the parole board never notified the PBA that they were shutting down their portal, they didn’t know to tell people to submit their letters of opposition another way, meaning that hundreds of thousands of comments never reached their intended recipients, the New York Daily News reported.

The PBA president was furious about the way the entire thing was handled and said the union had been wasting money paying for radio and print advertising to promote the portal on its website as a way to send letters of opposition to releasing cop killers.

“With each interaction with DOCCS’ Parole Board, a state agency that reports to the Governor, it becomes even more clear that this is a rogue agency over which no one exercises any control,” Lynch said.

He noted that the parole board had opted to release Bell despite vehement objections from the PBA and relatives of murdered NYPD Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones, the New York Daily News reported.

“It is no surprise that DOCCS Parole Board has no interest in considering the public’s opinion regarding the release of cop-killers back onto their community’s streets,” Lynch said.

The massive delivery of letters to the parole board by the murdered officers’ families is meant to have a visual impact on the recipients, Grace Russell told the New York Daily News.

“I just think it’s a great way to make a statement physically rather just sending an email," Grace said. “My sisters are going, my daughter, my brothers. Everyone who was affected by this is going. The fact they never read them all these years is just horrible.”

Comments (24)
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Pat1978
Pat1978

Could be that the Parole Board is run by SJW's. It would make sense considering the political slant of NY.

trainbuff
trainbuff

I think they intentionally shut this down just because the electronic write ins were more than they could handle.

We've got to get back to the way things used to be with cop killers. If you killed a cop, it was a capital murder crime punishable by the death penalty.

If we don't go back to that and now, this open season on our Nation's police officer's will continue.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

As a country we must demand that if you’re convicted of killing a LE Officer the very minimum is life without parole. It should automatic death. Furthermore it you shoot an Officer it should automatic life sentence.

MphsMedic
MphsMedic

Awesome!!!! Something NEEDS to be done to protect ALL of our First Responders i.e. Police, Fire, and EMS!!!!

Gramercy
Gramercy

Should definitely be on ALL STATES LAWS...kill an officer, NO PAROLE! I have to agree with train buff.....capital murder punishable by death!

tkshields
tkshields

if they don't listen quit electing them

ChiefC
ChiefC

No such thing as “Life without Parole” when a left wing liberal progressive socialist America hating democrat Governor like Cuomo can commute their sentence and/or pardon them.

Buzz17
Buzz17

This is unforgiveable! Lead people to believe their letters matter when, in fact, they couldn't care less what the families of murdered officers & the public think. Sadly, it's typical liberal "I am god" behavior again. They'll get theirs when they stand before God, the REAL God, in judgment.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I believe that first degree, premeditated/non-premeditated murder should be an automatic life without parole sentence or death sentence. This is regardless of who the victim is. If you want to go further, then all people who kill cops should be charged on a Federal Level that way the death penalty is always on the table. That way these pansy states that don't believe in capital punishment can't circumvent the sentences with their liberal bs laws.

Eye for Eye!!!

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Why do new yorkers keep electing these liberals?? Why??

Sgt167
Sgt167

All the parole boards are all controlled by the liberal Democrats. I’m sure they don’t read any of those letters because all these murderers in their eyes are victims of the system.

K-9 319
K-9 319

How sad, just goes to show you that they don't give a dam about what anybody says. It's their show and they do what thy want. About time the public is allowed to see what is going on and some corrective measures taken.

McFarlane
McFarlane

You think anything is going to change? In this political climate? Apparently there are still those so dumb as to keep voting these disingenuous people in who then put people into positions of power who are like thinkers.

Mrs10
Mrs10

This hurts my heart. As a police wife I have attended far too many First Responder funerals in just a few years on the job. To think that the families of these fallen heroes have been denied the basic courtesy to know where to send letters to an appointed group like parole board is just despicable.

At best this was a severe overlook by the board. At worst it is a travesty on many levels.

I hope that the board members are suitably shamed after all the families and letters arrive.

That and there needs to be a inquiry on this one. The whole set up smells off.

ikaika
ikaika

Damned bleeding heart governors appoint bleeding hearts to parole boards. It happens in other states, too.

Vrodgirl
Vrodgirl

This makes me sick to my stomach. How is it that the criminals get released despite thousands of letters in objection? You simply close the box and claim ignorance. Pieces of shit.

Libssuckroyally
Libssuckroyally

@Caroparks53 they keep voting for these liberal assholes because they like all the free shit they get. They have no brain and they don't work so they don't have to think about it when it comes to pushing a button on a voting machine.

Laxdad11
Laxdad11

I think it's time that killing a police officer should be considered a federal crime and take the liberal states out of the equation.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

To not tell these people that the system was shut down is totally inexcusable....besides, ANYONE who kills a police officer should NEVER get parole!!