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Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue) is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to get directly involved and ask for the New York State Parole Board to reconsider the release of cop-killer Herman Bell.

“Clearly the governor believes he can operate with unilateral power to direct and influence sectors of his administration as was the case last week when he directed the Department of Financial Services to pressure financial institutions to cut ties with the NRA,” Murray said. “Such actions make it difficult to buy his argument that he has no influence over his appointed parole board’s decisions. It’s also hard to believe that argument when this is the same Governor that is involved enough to give Bell a partial pardon for the sake of giving him the right to vote.”

“The parole board’s decision to free this despicable human is an affront to justice and law enforcement throughout our country,” Murray said. “This is the same convicted murderer who proclaimed himself an innocent ‘political prisoner’ up until six years ago. The same man who murdered a police officer while that officer begged for his life. Bell didn’t have a change of heart, he simply had a change in strategy in his effort to get out of prison.”

Bell, a member of the violent Black Liberation Army, was convicted of intentionally slaughtering two NYPD officers who were lured to their death through a phony emergency call. Bell was also a conspirator of the slaying of another police officer in San Francisco months later.

“To add insult to injury, Bell is being released on the very day that the New York Legislature has set aside as ‘Blue Friday’, to remember those law enforcement officials who have lost their lives in the line of duty” Murray continued. “There’s a special place in hell for these types of cold blooded, disgusting individuals and a life behind bars doesn’t even come close to serving justice for what he did. Governor Cuomo needs to step in and convince the parole board to reconsider their decision.”

Assemblyman Dean Murray represents the 3 rd District, which includes portions of Brookhaven, Medford, and Mastic Beach in Suffolk County. For more information, visit Assemblyman Murray’s Official Website.