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FLEOA Statement on NYPD Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:

October 27, 2015 Nikki Cannon

(202) 293-1550

NYPD OFFICER’S MURDER PROVES SENTENCING REFORM IS SENSELESS

 

(Washington, DC) – In response to the tragic murder of New York City Police Department (NYPD) Officer Randolph Holder, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) National President, Nathan Catura, issued the following statement:

"Another senseless murder of one of our nation’s law enforcement officers has once again occurred. Tomorrow we will honor the life and service of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder. To add insult to injury during this distressing time, the newly proposed Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act being pushed in Congress would label the man accused of committing such a heinous and violent crime a non-violent drug offender. This criminal who murdered Officer Holder has been arrested 28 times for drug offenses, and under this new legislation, would be eligible for a reduced sentence.

This crime epidemic, including the movement of heroin and methamphetamine, is destroying areas across America, landing on the doorsteps of American families – especially those with a family member that wears "Blue.” There are thousands of other federal prisoners, many of whom have trafficked perilous narcotics like the man accused of shooting and killing Officer Holder. With this new legislation, members of Congress must ask themselves if they are prepared to unlock the prison door for these criminals who have destroyed our cities and our neighborhoods.

Anti-law enforcement rhetoric over the past year has already placed our officers in the crosshairs. It would be a dangerous road to go down should Congress choose to enhance rather than thwart this threat.

Yet there are those who have stood by our law enforcement during these troubling times. FLEOA applauds Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, David Vitter of Louisiana, and David Perdue of Georgia for voting against this short-sighted legislation.

FLEOA would also like to offer its condolences to NYPD Officers Holder’s family. May his valor not have been in vain.”

 

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The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (www.fleoa.org) is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association that exclusively represents over 26,000 active and retired federal law enforcement officers from over 65 Agencies.