The Illinois Parole Board granted parole to two convicted cop-killers over the objections of a police superintendent and families. Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx is once again in the crosshairs of controversy after dropping opposition to their parole. Both law enforcement and the families are highly upset with the Parole Board’s decision. Though initially Foxx stood against parole for one of them, she changed her mind. The men may be elderly now, but they also may still be dangerous.
Two men convicted of killing Chicago police officers decades ago were granted parole Thursday over objections from a former police superintendent and, in one case, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. https://t.co/XFsBR3v3wD
— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) February 25, 2021
NOTE ••• A TRUE #RACIST PROSECUTOR IN CHICAGO ‼️
Chicago prosecutor drops opposition to parole for convicted cop killerhttps://t.co/OeCvi4MSIA
— Terry (@RowseTerry) February 25, 2021
“The state’s attorney’s office determined we would not oppose parole; our lack of opposition should not be construed as a show of support but rather the office’s position that we would no longer actively object.”
Spokesperson for Kim Foxx
The convicted cop-killers
Johnny Veal, 68, and Joseph Hurst, 77, were released after a vote by the Illinois Parole Board on Thursday.
Veal was convicted in the 1970 double murder of Sgt. James Severin and Officer Anthony Rizzato outside of the Cabrini-Green public housing complex. Veal was convicted along with George Knights, and sentenced to between 100 and 199 years in prison.
Although Veal will be released, Knights, 74, will remain behind bars.
Hurst was convicted in the 1967 murder of Officer Herman Stallworth. Stallworth’s partner was wounded by Hurst in the incident, which began when Hurst was pulled over for speeding.
Hurst was originally sentenced to die for his crime, but that sentence was later changed to between 100 and 300 years in prison after the U.S. Supreme Court placed a moratorium on capital punishment in 1972.
Even though Veal claimed that police beat him, there was reportedly no evidence of it.
Even Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx voiced her opposition against seeing Veal paroled, noting that the killings of the two officers in that case tantamount to a, “cold-blooded execution,” and that Veal had even bragged about the killings.
Except that she changed her mind. The backlash against the move was strong enough that her office stated they would no longer weigh in on any parole decisions.
Clearly, the intent of the court was for these murderers to pay for the lives they stole with life in prison.
More importantly, allowing these men to be free sends a troubling message to the families of these officers that their sacrifice and the lives of their loved ones are somehow insignificant“
Former police Superintendent Phil Cline of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
Unfortunately, this is not an aberration in the world of parole boards. If the prosecutor’s office drops opposition to parole for an inmate, parole boards may allow the inmate’s release even over the objections of officers and family.
Former New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is one who believes no convicted cop-killers should ever be released. Even in September 2020, the New York Parole Board released unrepentant Black Liberation Army cop-killer Anthony Bottom, which made NYPD police officers furious. (New York Post) It appears to be a habit with New York, as they have done it before. Note the date on this tweet:
All murders must carry the strictest of punishments. Killing a police officer undermines the safe society we enjoy because of those who wear a uniform. Cop killers should never be paroled. https://t.co/cOMopwbWbE
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) May 21, 2018
Currently, one convicted cop-killer, Assata Shakur, has become a hero to many Black leftists. She broke out of prison and fled to Cuba. She was a member of the Black Liberation Army when she and her two buddies murdered New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in May, 1973. Yes, she is still wanted by the FBI. For how long is also a question, given the current climate in politics.
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