WATCH: No Parole for Herman Bell Press Conference

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Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined Legislature colleagues and representatives of various law enforcement agencies in calling on the New York State Board of Parole to deny the release from prison of Herman Bell, one of three men convicted in the 1971 murder of two New York City police officers.  Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones were lured to a Harlem housing project by a bogus 911 call on May 21, 1971 where they were ambushed, shot and killed. 

Officer Jones died instantly from a gunshot to the head.  Officer Piagentini, who begged for his life, was shot 22 times by the suspects and died on his way to the hospital.

Bell, Anthony Bottom and Albert Washington were convicted of the two murders and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in 1979.  A parole hearing for Bell is scheduled for next month, his seventh since 2004. 

You can sign the petition calling on the Board of Parole to deny Bell’s release at:



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