Officer Murdered by Career Criminal Released by Judge Without a “Crystal Ball”

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This is a really awful story, not just because a young, brave police officer was murdered by a career criminal, but because two judges released the criminal to go out and commit more crimes when all the evidence showed he needed to remain behind bars.

The Manhattan judge who pushed the sweetheart deal that let an accused cop killer go to drug rehab instead of prison defended his decision Wednesday — saying “I don’t get a crystal ball when I get a robe.”

It takes a crystal ball to know a man who has been arrested 28 times in 16 years and facing a six-year term shouldn’t be out on the streets?

Randolph Holder, an NYPD housing officer who immigrated from Guyana and who was shot in the head and legs in East Harlem while in a pursuit of a trigger-happy suspect died last night.

It was heartbreaking. He was only 33 years old and his father said he was ‘beloved’. Officer Holder was not married.

“He was an immigrant … in the words of Abraham Lincoln, a man who gave the full measure of devotion for a city he loved,” Mayor Bill De Blasio said. His father and grandfather were police officers in their native Guyana.

He is not married and joined the department in 2010.

He had one of the toughest challenges in the NYPD — patrolling a dangerous public housing unit. Yet Holder told loved ones he was confident he’d soon realize his dream of making detective.

Holder was the fourth officer killed in New York City in 11 months, Bratton said.

This accentuates the danger these officers are faced with every day as they run into danger to protect us.

A makeshift memorial is pictured near the scene where the shooting of officer Randolph Holder occurred in the Manhattan borough of New York, October 21, 2015. Holder was shot and killed late on Tuesday while pursuing a suspected armed robber close to a busy road in the city's East Harlem neighborhood, police said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A makeshift memorial is pictured near the scene where the shooting of officer Randolph Holder occurred in the Manhattan borough of New York, October 21, 2015. Holder was shot and killed late on Tuesday while pursuing a suspected armed robber close to a busy road in the city’s East Harlem neighborhood, police said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

The killer, thirty-year old Tyrone Howard, a gang member, had a long rap sheet and served more time than he lived on this earth.

Tyrone Howard
Tyrone Howard

Mayor Bill de Blasio described Howard as a “hardened criminal” who “should not have been on the streets,” had a list of prior offenses. Howard had been on the run from police for weeks in connection with a gang-related shooting.

Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton blasted the court program that freed the one-time PCP addict with a 16-year rap sheet and 28 prior arrests including a 2009 shooting that wounded an 11-year old boy and a 77-year old man..

Not only did murder suspect Tyrone (Peanut) Howard dodge a six-year prison term after selling a sob story to a Manhattan judge, he repeatedly eluded arrest for seven weeks after a Sept. 1 shooting, police said.

He’d been busted last October for selling drugs in the East River projects. Since he’d done two stints in state prison, prosecutors called for six years behind bars.

Instead, two Manhattan judges — Edward McLaughlin and Patricia Nunez — in May signed off on “drug diversion,” leaving Howard on the street.

McLaughlin on Wednesday insisted, “You cannot avoid tragedy,” and claimed he hadn’t known about Howard’s 2009 shooting arrest.

There’s no excuse for this. This man should have been his time in prison.

Source: NY Post

 

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  1. All judges get a “write up” or Pre-Sentencing Report on every suspect before sentencing or before whatever disposition is ordered by the court. If there is no report on a suspect, a judge must ask for one from the Probation Department. A judge cannot just release someone into a program without a full investigation as to the person’s criminal background, his medical and mental records, his family, his education, his occupation and employment history, where he lives, whom he lives with, what his neighbors and his community say about him, what his reputation is on the street, at work, etc., who will vouch for him (if anyone), what he’s charged with and the circumstances (the viciousness, etc.) of the crime, and what the Prosecutor’s Office and Probation Office recommendations are. In other words, the judge knows the accused or convicted as thoroughly as he can before making his final disposition. That’s pretty standard. But I doubt anyone really cares enough to do anything to make these two judges accountable.

    Generally, judges are pretty well connected politically. That’s how they get their appointment to the bench. Yet if a police officer’s sloppy investigation or his failure to follow procedures, protocol, or policies leads to a death, the officer faces prison. We well know the egregious unfairness of the system — and even the blatant corruption of those in high government positions versus the street cop and the common man, yet nothing seems to change. Who will investigate these judges?

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