Friday, November 10, 2017

URGENT REQUEST for No Parole Letters

A cop killer in the state of New York will have a third parole hearing this month after a judge determined that letters requesting that parole be denied sent in by law enforcement officers in the previous two hearings were inappropriate to consider in the case.

More details are available here.

Trooper Emerson Dillon, Jr. of the New York State Police was murdered by John Ruzas in 1974.  Ruzas was on parole at the time and, along with an accomplice, had just committed an armed robbery when Trooper Dillon pulled over the car he was driving in.  Trooper Dillon was 38 years old at the time of his murder and left behind a wife and six children.  Additional incident details are available on ODMP.

ODMP believes that the voice of the law enforcement community should be considered in the case of this parole hearing.

Please send in letters using our No Parole system asking that this cop killer be kept behind bars; personalize your letter if you see fit and send as soon as possible to the address listed:

Letters can also be submitted online here; due to time constraints this may be the best option:

End of Watch Report: October 2017

Last month, eleven law enforcement officers gave their lives in the line of duty in the United States.  Of those deaths, five were the result of gunfire, three were the result of assault, one officer drowned, one died in an automobile crash, and one died as the result of a heart attack. Deaths took place in eight different states.

The total number of line of duty deaths at the end of October stands at 109, down from this point last year across every category tracked by ODMP.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our condolences to those families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death in October 2017.  Please take the time to read the memorials of these fallen heroes:

Corporal Michael Paul Middlebrook
Lafayette Police Department, LA

Officer Charleston V. Hartfield
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (NV)

Officer Floyd East, Jr.
Texas Tech University Police Department (TX)

Sergeant Michael Shannon Robinson
Christiana Care Health System Department of Public Safety (DE)

Correctional Officer Justin James Smith
North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons (NC)

Correction Enterprise Manager Veronica Darden
North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons (NC)

Officer Marcus Anthony MacNeil
New Orleans Police Department (LA)

Officer Craig E. Lehner
Buffalo Police Department (NY)

Officer Justin A. Leo
Girard Police Department (OH)

Trooper Daniel Keith Rebman, Jr.
South Carolina Highway Patrol (SC)

Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon
North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons (NC)