On an August 1971 evening in Harlelm, New York, Anthony Bottom, along with with two radical accomplices, made a phony 911 call with the intention of ambushing whoever responded to their cry for help.
That’s exactly what they did, shooting black NYPD officer Waverly Jones one time in the back of the head. Waverly died instantly. But to white NYPD officer Joseph Joe Piagentini they were not so kind. They shot Piagentini 22 times, all while he begged for mercy and told them that he had a family who needed him.
Bottom and his friends were members of the violent, racist group called the Black Panthers, as well as the Black Liberation Army and this was their ‘protest’ against injustice in policing.
Now, thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the parole guidelines in New York have changed to place greater emphasis on an offender’s current risk to the community. Since Bottom is now a 68-year-old man, Cuomo and crew have decided that it’s fine if he walks the streets of New York as a free man.
Joe Piagentini’s wife commented on the news that her husband’s killer would be released, saying,
“Gov. Cuomo has now seen fit to release a cop killer into New York State society. This is what Gov. Cuomo releases into society and thinks that he is rehabilitated? At his trial, he said, there is no rehabilitation for me.”
Neither Anthony Bottom nor the two other men convicted for the murders have ever expressed remorse for their actions. One of the three men died in prison in 2008. The other man, Herman Bell, was released in March due to the Corona Scare.
A Slap In The Face
Diana Piagentini pointed out the behavior that Cuomo is rewarding, saying of her husband, “He pleaded for his life to come back to his family and his children. Anthony Bottom took his revolver and emptied it into his body. The Black Liberation Army was dedicated to killing police officers, it didn’t matter about whether they were White or whether they were Black. They walked up behind Waverly and my husband, shot them in the back.”
Meanwhile, Patrick Lynch, the head of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association blamed Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature for changing parole guidelines to make it easier for people to be freed.
Lynch released a statement after the release of another cop killer, Herman Bell, back in March. In his statement, Lynch said, “They knew that changing the parole guidelines would unleash more vicious killers like Anthony Bottom back onto our streets. They have chosen to stand with the murderers, cold-blooded assassins and radicals bent on overthrowing our society.”
The parole board didn’t care, and have set to release Anthony Bottom by October 22nd. Bottom, who has since converted to Islam, has changed to a Muslim name and now goes by Jalil Abdul Mutaqim. He has continued to write from his prison cell, claiming to be a political prisoner. He has openly stated that any comments expressing remorse were said because his family told him to say them.
They Don’t Care About Safety
Policy changes like this latest parole change illustrate how the anti-gun radicals — who claim to be opposed to guns because they’re worried about public safety — are liars.
Andrew Coumo’s policies have victimized hundreds of law-abiding New Yorkers by releasing thousands of violent criminals onto the streets. They only claim to care about safety when they’re trying to disarm the law-abiding taxpayers who they rule over!