NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that he strongly disagrees with a parole board decision granting parole of an ex-radical convicted in the 1971 killings of two police officers.
The Democrat told reporters on Saturday in the St. Patrick’s Day parade that the parole board make the decision to let Herman Call toll-free sometime after the 17th of April a wrong signal.
The board announced Wednesday was the granting of parole to the 70-year-old one-time Black Liberation Army member, to be described as a model prisoner. Bell served 44 years behind bars.
Bell’s supporters are family members of an officer killed. He had been denied parole seven times.
The officers were shot multiple times after responding to a domestic violence report at a Harlem housing complex in May 1971. Prosecutors said Bell and an accomplice had a fall.