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.
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.
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.