18 Dec
2020

Peter Figoski Getaway Driver Acquitted

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York NYPD Officer Peter FigoskiTwo days after a North Carolina man was convicted in the slaying of a New York City police officer from West Babylon, a separate jury acquitted the man accused of driving the getaway car.Michael Velez was found not guilty on burglary and murder charges Wednesday in the death of 47-year-old NYPD Officer Peter Figoski, who was fatally shot in the face in December 2011 while investigating a burglary in Brooklyn.In his testimony, Velez told the court that he thought he was just giving the four other suspects a ride.NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was critical of the verdict.“When juries fail to comprehend the monstrous scale of a police officer’s murder, they fail society itself,” said Kelly in a statement. “God help us if other gunmen and  their getaway drivers take comfort in these verdicts because when a police officer is murdered society at-large is struck a mortal blow. It’s shameful that the family of Peter Figoski must be crushed again by another incomprehensible verdict.”The New York City Police Benevolent Association was also clearly disappointed.“This jury did not exhibit an ounce of the courage that Peter Figoski showed time and time again during his life as a police officer,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a statement. “This is a devastating verdict for all police officers and for the Figoski family. We are deeply disappointed that the jury completely disregarded the role that the defendant played in the death of a brave police officer.”“While Peter’s tragic death brought our city together,” he continued, “today, this jury let the entire city down.”Another jury Monday convicted the gunman, 28-year-old Lamont Pride, for Figoski’s murder. He was found guilty of second-degree murder, burglary and manslaughter. Prosecutors were not able to convince jurors to convict Pride on the top charge of first-degree murder.Figoski’s partner chased down and arrested Pride after he shot and killed the decorated cop and father of four.Two other suspects, 28-year-old Nelson Morales and 31-year-old Kevin Santos, have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial. Meanwhile, a fifth suspect, 23-year-old Ariel Tejada, pleaded guilty and will testify against the two men in exchange for a lighter sentence.last_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

Song hopes West Ham hit right notes

first_img Despite Arsenal’s formidable run of seven consecutive home victories in the Premier League, Song – who played for the Gunners between 2005 and 2012, before joining Barcelona – believes the Irons can repeat Monaco’s performance after the unfancied French side stunned the Emirates Stadium with a 3-1 Champions League victory last month. “I know this stadium very well and I know when you play with Arsenal it’s very hard, but I think Monaco is how you want to play when you play in the Emirates,” Song told the West Ham website, www.whufc.com. “The best thing to do is to try to be together, defend together very well and when you have the opportunity to go on the counter attack, you have to do it very well like Monaco did it. “If you want to go to Emirates and try to play you will not have any chance to win the game there because this stadium is very hard to play in. “You have to stay together very compact and not give them any room, then take the opportunity on the counter attack. “If we do this very well like Monaco did, then we can get a good result there.” Song, the 27-year-old on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season, feels the Irons can raise their game against Arsenal. “We have shown a lot of things this season as a team, especially when we play against teams at the highest level like Manchester City and Liverpool or Tottenham. We’ve done very well and we need to continue to improve in this way,” said Song, who stayed in London to work on his fitness while the rest of the squad were away at a warm-weather camp in Dubai. Midfielder Alex Song believes West Ham can follow Monaco’s example and keep his former club Arsenal subdued at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. “We can play better and hopefully this game on Saturday will be a very good test for us. “It has been a long time since we won a game in the league, so we must try to come back and try to win or get one point there. “Everything is possible in football and we just need to keep believing and trying hard on the pitch.” Song maintains there can be no room for sentiment against his former club. “They are one part of my life and, because I went there when I was 17, I always say it is my family,” the former Cameroon international said. “I know this is a special game for me, but that is football and I have to take all the emotion out and just try to play my game, to play the best football I can to help the team to win.” The Hammers head across London looking to kickstart their Barclays Premier League campaign, having plummeted down to 10th place after no wins in the last six and back-to-back defeats. Arsenal, meanwhile, have surged back into the top four and are into the FA Cup semi-finals after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night. Press Associationlast_img read more

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