At last, the state Parole Board has ended its string of freeing heinous cop-killers.
It just denied parole for Eddie Matos, who’s serving 25-to-life for killing Police Officer Anthony Dwyer. Hooray.
That heeded the calls from Dwyer’s family and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, but the board has been turning a deaf ear to similar pleas in other recent cases.
Matos killed Dwyer in 1989 by pushing him down a 25-foot air shaft after fleeing a burglary at the McDonald’s in Times Square. But the board has shown “mercy” for other, equally cold, killers over the last year — freeing, in succession, Black Liberation Army thugs Herman Bell and Robert Hayes as well as Jose Diaz, who killed a Bronx prosecutor.
Bell accomplice Anthony Bottom is awaiting the board’s decision. Let’s hope the outcome follows the Matos precedent. Particularly when it comes to cop-killers, a life sentence ought to mean just that.
What’s behind the string of releases? Parole rules now make an inmate’s institutional record (behavior and education), expressions of remorse and likelihood of re-offending more important than the crime itself.
Plus, Gov. Cuomo’s appointments to the board seem to have favored those willing to vote for releases. It doesn’t take a cynic to fear that the Matos result doesn’t represent a permanent change, but just a temporary new policy in the gov’s re-election year — with members only pocketing their get-out-of-jail cards until November.
If so, then domestic terrorist Judith Clark, the getaway driver in the notorious 1981 Brinks robbery in which two police officers and a guard were killed, is surely rooting for Cuomo to win on Election Day: She’s up for parole in April.
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