SERGEANTS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION
POLICE DEPARTMENT, CITY OF NEW YORK
EDWARD D. MULLINS
PAUL A. CAPOTOSTO
Response to Speaker Viverito’s Request For Prayers For Known Terrorist
On Monday, September 28th, Politico published City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito ‘s 15 seconds of fame with Pope Francis and her special request of him to pray for a jailed Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera.
How dare she go to the Pope to request help on releasing a terrorist! Oscar Lopez Rivera is no political prisoner! He is a murderer.
Ms. Viverito needs to be reminded that Oscar Lopez Rivera was a key member and leader of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN). The FALN was responsible for over 75 bombings and six deaths within the United States.
The FALN crew was arrested and refused to stand trial by claiming they were “prisoners of war”. The judge rejected that claim and imposed sentences in excess of 50 years each.
Moreover, President Clinton offered freedom to all of them, including Rivera, who refused because he had to plead GUILTY before a pardon could be granted, as required by law. All his associates accepted the offer and were subsequently freed. That unfortunate action by the President was directed toward the election of Mrs. Clinton, who was a candidate for the United States Senate, representing New York. What an insult to law abiding Puerto Ricans in New York.
Perhaps, Ms. Viverito should have asked Pope Francis to pray for the homeless, victims of child abuse or our military veterans who provide the very freedoms she enjoys. Why not ask for prayers for Police Officer Pascarella, Detectives Senft and Pastorella of the NYPD who were all blown up on New Year’s Eve as a result of bombs placed around Police Headquarters by the FALN. Of course not! Speaker Viverito has no memory of this act of terror.
Nor does she have a memory of a young police officer named Angel Poggi, a rookie working his first tour out of the 23rd Pct. PO Poggi and his partner responded to a location on a 110th Street on a call of a “dead female” on the 3rd floor. The officers responded twice because the first response was negative and the female caller called again stating “the cops had responded but did nothing, the dead woman is still on the 3rd floor landing.” Poggi and his partner responded again. Poggi proceeded to the top of the stairs and pulled the front door open. It was booby-trapped and blew up in his face sending him to the middle of 110th St. His first tour of duty ended his one tour career with the NYPD and destroyed the future of a young native Puerto Rican and a New Yorker. Once again, another act of terror by the FALN!
Ms. Viverito, maybe it’s time you justify your desire to release Oscar Lopez Rivera and come clean with all New Yorkers. Please stop claiming you support the members oflaw enforcement, the facts are clear … YOU DO NOT!
May God help us and all good citizens of this city.