Judge Releases Future Cop Killer With No Bail Citing Concerns About His Children
Troubling information is emerging about Lamont Pride, the man who stands accused of killing NYPD Police Officer Peter Figoski. Officer Figoski, father of four girls, was the highly-decorated veteran with over 200 career arrests killed in the line of duty on December 12 in a robbery gone bad. He assisted in bringing the Zodiac Killer to justice
Lamont Pride, the man arrested for Figoski’s killing, was already wanted in North Carolina for shooting RayShawn Maberson in the foot. Maberson reports that Pride was a stranger who shot with no provocation. Pride had just been released in North Carolina after a 13-month incarceration for armed robbery when he allegedly shot Maberson.
Pride later showed up in New York City and was arrested by Brooklyn police for having an illegal knife this September. North Carolina police issued a warrant the next day for the shooting in their jurisdiction. However, the warrant was issued that he be picked up in North Carolina only. Perhaps the cost of extradition was on the mind of North Carolina authorities.
Pride was arrested again on drug charges in a raid on a New York City apartment in November. However, he was not held because North Carolina authorities didn’t seek his arrest outside that state. Judge Evelyn Laporte was advised of the North Carolina pending charges. Prosecutors asked for a high bail. Judge Laporte, citing concern about minor children under Pride’s care, released him without bail.
A number of criminal justice agencies appear to share in the blame for Officer Figoski’s death. While it is clear that, if proven guilty, Lamont Pride is totally culpable for his crime, other factors also led this hero officer’s demise. Pride should receive the most severe penalty possible under New York Law if he is convicted.
North Carolina authorities made a terrible call in the way the warrant was written for Pride’s previous shooting charge. Judge Laporte needs to do some serious soul-searching regarding her role in Officer Peter Figoski’s death. What a shame that Judge Laporte didn’t show true concern for Pride’s children by calling Child Protective Services and having these children removed from the home of a violent, multi-state offender. I wonder about her level of concern for Officer Figoski’s four daughters today?
That’s what I think. I look forward to hearing your opinions.
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