NYPD Union Outrage- Dem Asks Pope to Help Terrorist!
The threat of terrorism is no small issue for New York City Police Department rank-and-file members. Years before September 11, 2001 brought terrorism into the public consciousness, NYPD members were targeted by the radical Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN) seeking Puerto Rico’s independence from the United States. In the 1970s, the FALN was responsible for at least four bomb attacks on NYPD officers. During the Pope’s visit to New York City last week, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito asked the Pope to help jailed FALN terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera. NYPD Sergeant’s Benevolent Association President Edward Mullins has condemned the Speaker’s advocacy for this convicted terrorist (his written statement follows below).
When City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito got Pope Francis’ ear for a few minutes during his visit to a school in East Harlem on Friday, she asked him to to pray for a jailed Puerto Rican nationalist.
In a series of tweets late Friday evening after the pope’s mass in Madison Square Garden, she revealed she had also presented Francis with a painting by Oscar Lopez Rivera — a member of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN) in Puerto Rico, who was convicted and sentenced to 55 years in prison for conspiracy to transport explosives with intent to destroy government property, among other charges, in the 1980s.
For years, human rights advocates and political supporters have demanded Rivera’s release, saying he is being held for his political beliefs.
“I was able to meet @Pontifex, welcomed him to my district, presented him Oscar’s gift & shared a letter re: his case,” Mark-Viverito tweeted.
SBA President Edward Mullins’ Statement-