A cold-blooded killer who gunned down a cop during a 1973 hostage siege in Brooklyn will walk out of prison next month -- thanks to a stunning Parole Board vote that has left both the officer's family and the NYPD devastated. "I don't understand this decision, at all. What the hell were they thinking?" said Patricia Gilroy, whose husband, Stephen, was just 29 when Shuaib Raheem and three accomplices took his life. "My family and Steve's family and the families of the hostages and all the police officers involved are left to wonder what exactly justice is. It sure isn't this
The Parole Board voted on Thursday to free Raheem, 60, by July 8th. "Tragically, in the case of this murdering animal, the worst possible decision was made," said Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch. "He should remain in prison for the rest of his life."
Raheem, then 23, and three other Sunni Muslims, (Black Liberation Army members), feeling threatened by the rival Nation of Islam, entered a Williamsburg sporting-goods store on Jan. 19, 1973, to steal rifles and ammunition. Instead, they took 10 hostages and waged a gunfight with cops, including Gilroy, who took a bullet to the head. The trio surrendered after 47 hours, by which time the hostages had escaped and one of the suspects had been shot, more from this source...............
Shuaib Raheem and his pals were stealing the firearms instead of buying them (like normal people) because New York State Requirements for the purchae of Rifles and Shotguns were/are strict in New York City and you had to show ID and register the weapons and license the owner (thumb print);
•Registration of rifles and shotguns? No, except in New York City.
•Licensing of owners of rifles and shotguns? No, except in New York City.
•Permit to carry rifles and shotguns? No, except in New York City.
The weapons that Shuaib Raheem and his pals were stealing were going to be used to commit crimes and kill cops and they did not want the weapons traced.
On January 19, 1973, at approximately 1730 hours, four black males entered John & Al's Sporting Good Store, 927 Broadway, Brooklyn NY in the confines of the 90th Precinct, and attempted to rob the premises.At approximately 1810 hours, shots were fired from the store and Patrolman Gilroy, positioned directly across from the store was shot and fatally wounded. In attempting to remove Patrolman Gilroy from the scene, Patrolman Frank Carpentier, Shield 13597, 79th Precinct was wounded in the right knee. At great risk to themselves, other officers were finally able to remove Patrolman Gilroy from the street and transport him to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Forty-seven hours after the initial alarm was sounded, and the hostages escaped, the four black gunmen meekly surrendered and were taken into custody.
Shuaib Raheem appears to link to Assata Olugbala Shakur and the Black Liberation Army (BLA) from at least 1971 to 1973 when he was arrested. The Black Liberation Army (BLA) was active in the US until at least 1981 when a Brinks truck robbery, conducted with support from Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, left a guard and two police officers dead. Boudin and Gilbert, along with several BLA members, were subsequently arrested.
Mug shots of the six suspects in the 1972 ambushing and execution style murder of four New York City police officers.
Assata Olugbala Shakur born as JoAnne Deborah Byron, married name Joanne Chesimard, see her photo above, is an escaped convict who was a member of the Black Panther Party (BPP) and Black Liberation Army (BLA). Between 1971 and 1973, Shakur was accused of several crimes, of which she would never be charged, and made the subject of a multi-state manhunt.
In 1972, Shakur was the subject of a nationwide manhunt after the FBI alleged that she was the "revolutionary mother hen" of a Black Liberation Army cell that had conducted a "series of cold-blooded murders of New York City police officers",including the "execution style murders" of New York Police Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones on May 21, 1971 and Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie on January 28, 1972.
Shakur was alleged to have been directly involved with the Foster and Laurie murders, and involved with the Piagentini and Jones murders. Some sources go further, identifying Shakur as the de facto leader and the "soul of the Black Liberation Army" after the arrest of cofounder Dhoruba Moore. Robert Daley, Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Police, for example, described Shakur as "the final wanted fugitive, the soul of the gang, the mother hen who kept them together, kept them moving, kept them shooting
In May 1973, Shakur was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike, during which New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and BLA member Zayd Malik Shakur were killed and Shakur and Trooper James Harper were wounded. Between 1973 and 1977, Shakur was indicted in relation to six other alleged criminal incidents—charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery, and kidnapping—resulting in three acquittals and three dismissals. In 1977, she was convicted of the first-degree murder of Foerster and of seven other felonies related to the shootout.
Shakur was then incarcerated in several prisons, where her treatment drew criticism from some human rights groups. She escaped from prison in 1979 and has been living in Cuba in political asylum since 1984. Since May 2, 2005, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has classified her as a "domestic terrorist" and offered a $1 million reward for assistance in her capture.
Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.