A man convicted of killing two police officers in the 1970s was granted parole after serving 44 years, upsetting members of the New York police community who believe he should spend life behind bars, according to WCBS-TV.
Herman Bell, who was a member of the Black Liberation Army, was convicted in the 1971 murder of Officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini.
The Black Liberation Army was an offshoot of the Black Panther Party, involved in numerous violent crimes and police officer killings.
In an apparent trap by Bell and co-defendant Anthony Bottom, Jones and Piagentini were shot multiple times while responding to a domestic dispute call in Harlem.
Bell and Bottom maintained that they were framed by the FBI for years, but later admitted to the murders in parole board interviews.
Why was Bell released?
The parole board said Bell had paid his debt to society by admitting to his crime and being productive in prison, and that his release will “denote rehabilitation as core to our system of criminal justice.”
Bell earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in prison, and counseled other prisoners.
The son of one of the officers, Waverly Jones Jr., supported Bell’s release and said in 2014 that the only reason to keep Bell in prison would be for revenge.
Was there any opposition to the decision?
Diane Piagentini, the widow of one of the officers, came out strongly against the parole board’s decision to free Bell.
“How can we ask our police officers to risk their lives to protect society when society fails to appropriately punish their animalistic killers?” she asked in a statement.
Piagentini said the decision devalues her late husband’s life.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was also against the decision.
“I’m very troubled by it,” de Blasio said. “This was a premeditated killing of a police officer. That should be life in prison, period. There’s nothing else to discuss. I don’t understand how there was a possibility of parole in that situation.”
What about police officer outrage?
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill called the decision to release Bell “indefensible.”
Today’s decision by the NYS Parole Board to release admitted cop-killer Herman Bell — who carried out the premeditated assassinations of #NYPD Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones — is indefensible. My complete message to the brave men and women of @NYPDnews is attached:
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said union members are “disgusted, offended and extremely angry with this parole board’s decision.”
This week, The Guardian, one of the most left-wing newspapers in Great Britain, published a 2,300-word piece describing the problem of terrorism in cities across the world. It name-checked London, Berlin, Manchester, Paris, Nice, Brussels, and Barcelona; it mentioned Algeria, Italy, Brazil, Kuwait, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Nairobi and Oklahoma City. It mentioned Israel but once — and only in order to mention the Irgun’s bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1946. As Yair Rosenberg notes, not a single terrorist attack against Israelis made the article.
All of which raises a question: Why is it that whenever Western leaders talk about terrorism, they seem to leave terrorism against Jews off the list?
This isn’t a rarity. It’s regular and it’s predictable. When President Barack Obama spoke about the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, for example, he brushed off the simultaneous attack on a Jewish supermarket as “random” (he later backed down). When President George W. Bush spoke about global terrorism, he rarely mentioned terrorism inside Israel. When the media list terror attacks against Western targets, Jerusalem never earns a mention.
There’s no true excuse for leaving dead Israelis off the list of terror victims.
There are two possible explanations. Neither is good enough.
First, there are those who claim that terrorism against Israelis is part of a broader political conflict — that such terrorism isn’t religious in nature, but rather a tactic in a territorial war. That’s absolute nonsense. This week, 29-year-old Itamar Ben Gal, a teacher at a yeshiva in Ariel, was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist while waiting by the roadside; he left four children behind. That follows the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a father of six, in the same area, as he drove along the highway. These are civilian, not military targets. These were family men murdered for no reason other than their Judaism.
And no, this isn’t about settlements. In 2017, Israel saw a wave of terror attacks across Israel; most of those attacks were perpetrated inside so-called Green Line Israel: stabbings on the streets, truck attacks on civilian crowds. The Palestinian leadership celebrates such killings and offers the families of terrorists financial incentives to pursue them. And the Palestinian leadership is clear about the rationale for such killings. That rationale is the same as the al-Qaida rationale or the ISIS rationale: a radical Islamic political viewpoint that sees the slaughter of non-Muslim innocents as a tool in the jihad against the infidel. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas isn’t a “moderate” leader seeking peace; he’s a radical who stated openly just weeks ago that “Israel is a colonialist project that has nothing to do with the Jews.”
Then there’s the second explanation for why the world would downplay terrorist attacks against Jews: an anti-Semitic attempt to separate off the Jews from the West. That’s certainly the tendency in Europe, where it’s convenient to view anti-Semitic attacks inside the continent by radical Muslims not as attacks on European citizens but as internecine warfare between two outsider groups. That’s convenient because it allows Europe to treat the rise in anti-Semitic crime as an aberration rather than a serious internal problem. But it also reinforces the lie that Jews cannot be full citizens of the West.
There’s no true excuse for leaving dead Israelis off the list of terror victims. But those who do it don’t need an excuse. They’ll keep on doing it so long as the Jewish community remains silent about the omission. And so long as that omission remains the rule rather than the exception, the West will continue to ignore a basic, simple truth: The Jews of Israel are the canary in the coalmine in radical Islam’s war against the West, not an outlier nation that can be cast aside for political convenience. What starts on the streets of Jerusalem usually finds its way to the streets of London. The non-Israeli West would be smart to recognize that fact, if only to protect itself.
Ben Shapiro is a best-selling author, editor-in-chief at The Daily Wire and host of the podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show.”
FYI when Roman Polanski raped this child he drugged her and sodomized her causing severe damage to her anal area.
Director Quentin Tarantino said fellow director Roman Polanski “didn’t rape” a 13-year-old girl he pleaded guilty to having sex with in the 1970s and that Polanski’s victim “wanted to have it,” Variety reported, citing 2003 audio that just resurfaced online.
Polanski was arrested in 1977 for rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy and lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14, the outlet said, adding that Polanski fled the United States after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.
What was said on the audio?
In the 2003 interview, shock jock Howard Stern insisted to Tarantino that Polanski raped a 13-year-old girl, but Tarantino pushed back and defended Polanski:
He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape, alright? That’s not quite the same thing, alright? … He had sex with a minor, alright? That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word “rape” … you’re talking about violent, throwing them down; it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world … Throwing the word “rape” around is like throwing the word “racist” around, OK? It doesn’t apply to everything that people use it for, alright? … He was guilty of having sex with a minor, alright?
Stern’s co-host Robin Quivers argued that Polanski’s victim didn’t want to have sex with him, but Tarantino didn’t see it that way.
“No, that was not the case at all,” he replied. “She wanted to have it and dated the guy.”
“She was 13!” Quivers shouted back.
Tarantino then argued that “we’re talking about America’s morals. We’re not talking about the morals in Europe and everything, alright?” Polanski is European.
Stern wasn’t siding with Tarantino, either.
“Wait a minute,” Stern said. “If you have sex with a 13-year-old girl and you’re a grown man, you know that that’s wrong.”
Tarantino then said, “Look, she was down with this” and later said the victim has “talked about it since … ‘No, he didn’t really do anything to me. It was a technicality for being 13.’”
Stern also asked Tarantino, “Would you ever seduce a 13-year-old with pills and booze?”
“No, no, no,” the director replied. “Again, you’re killing him with the pills and booze thing, alright?”
Audio of the interview was pulled from YouTube Tuesday over a Sirius XM copyright claim, Variety said, but it has shown up on other platforms.
Travelers who are Jewish should take precautions when in the United Kingdom.
FACT: 1,382 hate incidents and 34% rise in violent assaults against Jewish people in 2017 logged [a report by by Community Security Trust].
Anti-Semitic hate incidents have reached a record level in the UK, with the Jewish community targeted at a rate of nearly four times a day last year, figures indicate.
There was no obvious single cause behind the trend, the trust said. “Often increases in anti-Semitic incidents have been attributable to reactions to specific trigger events that cause identifiable, short-term, spikes in incident levels. However, this was not the case in 2017. Instead, it appears that the factors that led to a general, sustained, high level of anti-Semitic incidents in 2016 continued throughout much of 2017.”
The report pointed to a rise in all forms of hate crime following the EU referendum as well as publicity surrounding alleged antisemitism in the Labour party. These factors may have caused higher levels of incidents as well as encouraged more reporting of anti-Semitic incidents from victims and witnesses in the Jewish community, the trust said.
The trust’s figures showed a 34% increase in the number of violent anti-Semitic assaults, from 108 in 2016 to 145 in 2017. The most common single type of incident in 2017 involved verbal abuse randomly directed at Jewish people in public.
The Cuban dictatorship that committed war crimes against American POWs in Vietnam happens to be the exact same Cuban dictatorship that so many people in the U.S. want to become friends with today. In the decades since Vietnam, the U.S. has had several new presidents and administrations, but in Cuba, nothing has changed; the dictatorship is still run by a Castro.
Fidel Castro’s crimes against American pilots (POWs) in Vietnam
Cuban officials, under diplomatic cover in Hanoi during the Vietnam War, brutally tortured and killed American POW’s whom they beat brutally in a submission program ordered by Fidel Castro and sanctioned by the North Vietnamese.  This was dubbed the “Cuban Program” by the Department of Defense and the CIA, and it involved 19 American Prisoners of War.
A Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report states that “The objective of the interrogators was to obtain the total submission of the prisoners….” 
In April 1999, the story of Castro’s officers torturing American POW’s in Vietnam was published in a research book “Honor Bound” written by Stuart Rochester and Frederick Kiley.  It explained that almost daily for one year, the man the POW’s called “Fidel” whipped them with strips cut from rubber tires until their buttocks hung in shreds.
The American POW’s gave their jail the name of “the Zoo” and their Cuban torturers the names “Fidel,” “Chico,” and “Pancho.” The Vietnamese camp commander was given the name “the lump” because of a fatty tumor growth in the middle of his forehead.
In his book “Faith of my Father,” Senator John McCain, a pilot, shot down and taken prisoner in North Vietnam wrote: “In the Zoo, mass torture was a routine practice. For a time, the camp personnel at the Zoo included an English-speaking Cuban, called “Fidel,” who delighted in breaking Americans, even when the task required him to torture his victims to death.”
The total submission behavior set by the Castro’s psychopaths included bowing to a Vietnamese guard, smoking cigarettes in front of other prisoners, or making tape-recorded statements to be published by the Communist propaganda media. Since the beginning of the Revolution (January, 1959), Castro had an obsession with the techniques used in torturing critical prisoners of the underground groups in Cuba’s jails.
The American POW’s level of agony was a living hell. The Castro agents placed the awaiting prisoners in cells next to the torture chamber, so they could hear the screams inflicted on the suffering prisoners.
Upon his return to the U.S. a debriefer quoted one POW as saying: “The anticipation of beatings became more of a threat than the actual beating. Nervous to the point of loosening of bowels when they heard the key in the lock.” 
Colonel Earl Cobeil, a Navy F-105 pilot was the worst case recorded by debriefers in the “Cuban Program.” “The sight of Cobeil walking back from the torture chamber was a horrible experience. The man could barely walk; he shuffled slowly, painfully. His clothes were torn to shreds. He was bleeding everywhere, terribly swollen, dirty, black and purple from head to toe. The man’s head was down: he made no attempt to look at anyone. He had been through much more than the daily beatings. His body was ripped and torn; slivers of bamboo were embedded in the bloodied shins and there were what appeared to be tread marks from the hose across the chest, back and legs. “Fidel” smashed a fist into the man’s face, driving him against the wall. Then he was brought to the center of the room and made to bend down on his knees. Screaming in rage, “Fidel” took a rubber hose from a guard and lashed it as hard as he could in the man’s face. The prisoner did not react. He did not cry out or even blink. Again and again, a dozen times the Cuban smashed the man’s face with the hose.”
Col Earl Cobeil, a prisoner of war, was beaten in the “Cuba Program” to the point where he was completely catatonic, incapable of responding to any command. He was listed as having died in Vietnam captivity. 
“Fidel” was over six feet tall, in his early 30s, muscular, ramrod-straight, with full command of English, with American slang and personal knowledge of many cities in the Southeastern United States from Miami to the Carolinas.  “Fidel” has been identified by some of the POW’s in the “Cuban Program” as Fernando Vecino Alegret. Fernando Vecino Alegret lived in the United States for extensive periods of time, including Miami, and studied at the University of Alabama, until he joined the Castro’s guerrillas in 1958. Today, at 79-year-old, he is a retired brigadier general of the Cuban FAR, and veteran of Castro’s guerrillas.
The agonizing tortures inflicted by Cuban officers in Vietnam against American POWs’ is another criminal chapter in Fidel Castro’s obsessive hate of the United States.
Pedro Roig, Esq. is Executive Director at the Cuban Studies Institute. He holds a Masters of Arts degree from University of Miami and a Juris Doctor Degree from St. Thomas University. He has written several books including “The Death of a Dream: A History of Cuba” and “Marti: The Cuban Struggle for Freedom.” He is a veteran of the Brigade 2506.
 United States Air Force, June 1975, Special Exploitation Program for SEASIA PW’s, 1967-1968. Ep. No. A10-2
 CIA memorandum From: Deputy Director of Operations. For Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, dated 28 Jan., Sub: Identification of “Fidel,” Cuban Interrogator of U.S. Prisoners of War in North Vietnam.
 “Honor Bound” Rochester, S.I. and F. Kiley l (1998). The History of the American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973. Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. Historical Dept.
 Juan Tamayo, Miami Herald, August 22, 1999.
 Rochester and Kiley. “Honor Bound.”
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Among other heroes, one was killed by a load of timber, another was thrown from his horse and struck by car, and still another died trying to save a drowning girl’s life.
At a Police Headquarters ceremony Wednesday, the NYPD is finally honoring 18 previously unheralded officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Most of the officers being saluted died before 1922 and the deaths date as far back as 1869.
The most recent is William Martin, who in April 2011 succumbed to injuries suffered 30 years earlier when he was assaulted in a Lower East Side subway station.
“The family went through 30 years of living hell,” Martin’s son, Richard, 60, told The Post. “I think he deserves the honor. I think he was kind of very overlooked.”
The names of the cops — chosen by an NYPD committee of department chiefs — will be added to a memorial wall at One Police Plaza.
“These were officers who were killed in unusual circumstances: off duty, shot by another officer accidentally or killed by accidents,” a high-ranking police source explained. “They would have been added by today’s standards, but not back then.”
William Martin Died April 9, 2011 Manhattan
Modal TriggerIt was April 20, 1981, when Martin, a transit cop working the night shift, was attacked by a homeless man in a Lower East Side subway station.
The assailant, who was sleeping when Martin tried to wake him up, grabbed the officer’s nightstick and beat him on the head.
“We got the call in the middle of the night. We had to drive in to Manhattan and just knew he was injured,” Richard Martin, of upstate Port Jervis, told The Post.
“The vagrant later said he thought my dad was dead and that’s why he didn’t take his gun and shoot him.”
What followed were three decades of medical treatment, including brain and stomach surgeries. William died in 2011 as a direct result of his injuries.
“He was in a coma for a couple months. He was brain-injured. It took many years before he could even walk,” said Richard, who will attend Wednesday’s ceremony with his brother and sister.
“He got hurt in 1981 and he spent seven years in Bellevue and 10 years in a nursing home and the rest of his life with 24-hour-a-day nursing,” Richard said.
George Caccavale Died June 26, 1976
Modal TriggerTransit Detective Caccavale, 33, was working an off-duty security job at a check-cashing business in Long Island City when three armed robbers stormed in.
He tried to fire at them with his service weapons but was gunned down.
Caccavale left behind a wife and two children, including Carla Caccavale Reynolds, just 20 days old when her dad died.
“I’m emotional just thinking about it,” Carla told The Post of the ceremony, which she will attend with her four children.
“It was something that would mean a lot to my mom, and it’s really special to me as well. He deserves this. He died a hero and he deserves to be memorialized.”
She added that her dad was “truly a friend to all.”
Carla said her father’s slaying wasn’t initially recorded as an on-duty death, but that changed when it was determined that he had taken police action during the robbery.
“This is huge,” she said of her dad’s plaque at One Police Plaza.
Gustave August Boettger Jr. Died July 13, 1922
In 1910, Boettger Jr. was on mounted patrol when a horse pulling a wagon lost control and tried to gallop away.
Boettger followed the horse and wagon, still carrying a rider, down Fulton Street, at one point taking hold of the beast by the bridle.
Just then, a vehicle drove directly into the runaway horse’s path, and Boettger fell off his own horse and was dragged for half a block. He was then struck by another vehicle and suffered a skull fracture.
But despite his wounds, Boettger didn’t give up.
He got up and mounted his horse again, this time joining forces with another cop who managed to capture the beast.
Boettger immediately fell to the ground and was taken to the Hospital, where he made only a partial recovery. Twelve years later, he died from the fracture.
John Branagan Died Aug. 10, 1869
It was a freak ferry-yard accident.
Branagan, 42, was helping a horse-drawn lumber truck back out of the old Hamilton Ferry yard when one of the horses suddenly swerved in another direction, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which provides information on nearly every slain US police officer.
A load of lumber fell from the truck and hit Branagan, who was severely injured. The 12-year NYPD veteran died soon after.
John Hoey Died Oct. 4, 1901
Modal TriggerHoey, 37, was walking in Central Park on East Drive near 87th Street with his horse when a car horn spooked the animal.
The horse bolted, throwing Hoey, who had earlier earned a medal for bravery, in front of the vehicle, which hit the officer.
Hoey died the next day at Presbyterian Hospital.
William H. Galbraith Died Nov. 8, 1911
Galbraith was on routine patrol when he was thrown from his horse at Walton Avenue and Mt. Hope Place.
He suffered a skull fracture and died nine days later at Fordham Hospital, leaving behind a wife and two children.
Dennis Shea Died Nov. 4, 1902
A massive election-night fireworks explosion left a dozen people dead and scores more injured — including Shea, who was on patrol in Madison Square Park when he was struck by a large chunk of metal. He suffered a skull fracture and died at age 34.
Lt. Daniel C. O’Connor Died March 14, 1974
Modal TriggerO’Connor, a 19-year veteran, was in a patrol car sitting on the FDR Drive near the Brooklyn Bridge tending to an emergency when another vehicle crashed into his.
The lieutenant hit his head on the door and was thrown from squad car. Despite shoulder and stomach pain, O’Connor returned to work a week later — but doctors soon confirmed he had suffered internal injuries.
Surgery failed and he died two months later.
Detective Charles Cameron Died July 17, 1904
It was a case of friendly fire.
Cameron was in plainclothes patrolling a picnic area at a park when a brawl broke out between unruly revelers and musicians on a break.
The detective was attacked by several people in the crowd, at which point he fired two rounds, hitting one of the assailants.
Cameron, 49, then escaped from a mob by crawling under a stage. When a uniformed officer showed up, he was told a gunman was lurking under the stage, so he crawled under the platform and ordered Cameron to get out.
Cameron didn’t respond, so the officer fired a round into the dark, fatally striking the 16-year veteran of the force.
Martin Maloney Died Sept. 18, 1921
Rockaway Beach, Queens
Maloney was off duty and taking a dip in the ocean when a young girl swimming nearby screamed for help.
The 27-year-old officer rushed into action, swimming some 200 yards as he desperately tried to reach the drowning girl.
But the officer, who had been wounded as a soldier in World War I, disappeared during the rescue attempt, and his body later washed ashore. The girl was rescued by other beachgoers.
George M. Yeager Died July 3, 1905
A misstep cost a patrolman his life.
Yeager, 49, was on routine foot patrol downtown when he went to check a report of a fire in a building on Washington Street.
While searching with a watchman to make sure no one was trapped, heavy smoke forced the would-be rescuers back out.
They broke a window and climbed out onto the building’s wooden awning. But then Yeager stepped on a skylight, tumbling down to the street below.
The patrolman was taken to the Hudson Street Hospital — and died from a skull fracture 10 days later.
Tom Gallagher Died Feb. 7, 1907
He died saving others’ lives.
Gallagher, a member of the Brooklyn Traffic Squad, was working at Myrtle and Fulton Avenues when a horse-drawn fire engine came barreling toward the intersection.
At the same time, several commuters were transferring street from one streetcar to another — and didn’t see the fire engine — and the intrepid cop rushed to push them out of its path.
But the horses then swerved in his direction, knocking him down.
His legs were crushed by the wagon’s wheels — and doctors at Brooklyn Hospital were forced to amputate a limb.
Gallager, 46, became seriously ill and died six months later.
Gerard Apuzzi Jr. Died May 4, 1968
Apuzzi, a member of the 107th Precinct, died from carbon-monoxide poisoning in his patrol car.
The 15-year veteran of the force was 42.
Charles Berberich Died Nov. 15, 1908
Berberich was standing watch by a downed electrical wire on East Seventh Street when he helped a woman and her two kids walk around the danger.
But tragically the 11-year NYPD veteran came in contact with the live wire and was electrocuted. He died at age 40.
John W. McCormick Died July 9, 1910
He was on a suburban assignment.
McCormick, a member of what was then the NYC Comptroller’s Squad, had just helped deliver money to city workers toiling away on a water-supply aqueduct in the Catskill Mountains when he got into a car accident on his way back to the city.
His vehicle flipped over near Tarrytown, and he was thrown from the vehicle. McCormick, an officer for 34 years, died from critical injuries.
George Dapping Died Sept. 24, 1915
Modal TriggerHe was killed in the midst of a politically charged scuffle.
Dapping, 26, was off duty at a picnic hosted by some local politicos at the old Manhattan Casino on 155th Street when a brawl broke out late at night between rowdy members of rival political groups.
Someone in the crowd fired multiple shots, prompting Dapping and another officer to rush in and try to arrest the gunman.
Dapping took a bullet and was killed, while the other off-duty cop was wounded. The gunman was later convicted of murder and put to death on Oct. 7, 1916.
Bryan L. O’Donnell Died June 11, 1916
Modal TriggerO’Donnell ditched his post at a police booth at 74th Street in Bay Ridge when a janitor at the nearby Bay Ridge HS informed him several young men had tried to crash a dance party.
He went over to the school and found the troublemakers, who immediately fled.
In hot pursuit of the suspects, O’Donnell climbed a fence — but lost his footing about 12 feet above the ground and fell.
O’Donnell, who was assigned to the 71st Precinct, died from a skull fracture.
Sgt. Thomas F.X. O’Grady Died Aug. 24, 1916
Modal TriggerO’Grady was responding to a report of a stabbing in Dexter Park when his horse, Bismarck, slipped and took a tumble on some cobblestones.
The sergeant fell from the horse — and his steed landed on top of him, fracturing his skull. Four days later, O’Grady died at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Best-selling author Edward Klein drops a bomb in his new book “All Out War” publishing the FBI documents warning of violence coming from Antifa and other left-wing groups.
“In the FBI report that I have reproduced in full in my book, it says that these violent left wing groups traveled to Europe, met with representatives of al-Qaida and the Islamic State, or ISIS. They also went to Syria and got bomb making instructions and toxic chemical instructions.