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Updates from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer - 2022-05-13

NYSTPBA Newsletter Updates from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer Honoring Our Fallen On Tuesday at the State of New York Police Officers Memorial Ceremony, the names of 49 police officers, including those of Troopers Joseph Gallagher and James Monda, were added to the memorial wall. Tonight at the NLEOMF Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall, Washington, D.C., Superintendent Kevin Bruen and I will have the honor of reading the names of fallen members of law enforcement, including that of Trooper James Monda. Trooper Gallagher will be honored at next year’s ceremony. The Bullsh*t File To show the country that New York state does not have the only dysfunctional parole system, the New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the parole of Clark Edward Squire, aka Sundiata Acoli, who was convicted for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster on the New Jersey Turnpike in East Brunswick in 1973. Another accomplice, Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, escaped from custody and is currently hiding in Cuba. The Supreme Court voted 3-2 to reverse a recent parole board's decision to deny Acoli parole stating the state's parole board did not meet its obligation to show that Acoli would commit another crime after release. Cue Bluto and the rest of the Deltas chanting a collective BULLSHIT at that one. As Chairman of the National Troopers Coalition, I released the following statement: “The release of Clark Edward Squire, aka Sundiata Acoli, a convicted cop killer, is disrespectful to our rule of law, our fundamental principles of right and wrong and a grave injustice to Trooper Foerster’s family and to his memory. The people of the state of New Jersey as well as the citizens of this country certainly deserve better.” Quote of the Week I In 1996, Governor Whitman signed a law ensuring that anyone who murders an officer on duty will receive life in prison without the possibility of parole, and I profoundly wish this law had been in place when Acoli was sentenced in 1974. Our men and women in uniform are heroes, and anyone who would take the life of an officer on duty should remain behind bars until the end of their life. - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in a released statement that he was also "deeply disappointed" with the court's decision. Worthless Legislation Legislation that would ban the use of lead ammunition has been introduced again this session (A05128/S05058) and would ban this traditional ammunition in wildlife management areas, state forests, forest preserves, state parks or any other state-owned land that is open for hunting. The bill would also ban lead ammunition in the New York City watershed in the Catskills and lower Hudson Valley. Mind you, lead has never been detected in this area (I live there) due to the use of lead ammo and probably never will. Talk about worthless legislation being introduced to fix a problem that does not exist. Just Saying, The Champ’s Still Got It! The San Mateo County (CA) District Attorney’s Office said it has closed the case and decided against pursuing charges against Mike Tyson after he punched a fellow passenger aboard a plane at San Francisco International Airport last month. The decision was based on “the circumstances surrounding the confrontation” which included the passenger waving his arms and being loud and basically acting like an asshole while standing over Tyson, who sat quietly in his seat minding his own business. After he threw a water bottle at Tyson, the former heavyweight champ had had enough and turned around and proceeded to land a few quality blows to the guy’s head. Tyson – 1, Asshole – 0. Quote of the Week II The number of shootings that we are responding to every night is despicable. We took 2,600 guns off our streets. The shooters of those guns are back on the streets just like this person is. Under normal circumstances you would see a decrease in crime in the city, but the same criminals are continuing to come out in our streets committing violence over and over again. The city deserves better. - NYC Mayor Eric Adams blasting the lenient bail reform laws following an incident where a NYPD police officer was wounded, and the shooter was killed. The career criminal had pled guilty to criminal possession of a weapon last December but was released until his sentencing, which had been delayed twice. He was due back in court in June. This Week’s Sign that the Apocalypse is Upon Us

  • My chiropractor asked me if I had heard about a shooting at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Middletown the night before. It says something about society when I typed “Buffalo Wild Wings shooting” into a Google search and I had to actually narrow it down by also typing in a city. Oy vey!

  • Update on last week’s “This Week’s Sign that the Apocalypse is Upon Us,” regarding the assisted prison break in Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office (AL) – Yup, as predicted, ended badly.

  • James Moore, the longest serving inmate in New York State, was paroled Tuesday. He had pled guilty to first-degree murder in 1962 for raping and strangling a 14-year-old girl and had agreed to the guilty plea in order to avoid the death penalty. Plea agreements be damned, the NYS Parole Board decided to release him. The Release Aging People in Prison Campaign issued the following statement which said in part: “The purpose of parole is to evaluate a person’s readiness to return back to their community based on who they are today, not to add layers of punishment on top of a person’s sentence….” Then I guess he should have taken his chances with the death penalty.

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation has lost 12,353 local police employees (sworn and unsworn) and 1,361 state police employees from September 2019-September 2021.

The Troopers Bridge Dinner Thursday, June 9, 2022, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort 100 Shawnee On Delaware, Shawnee On Delaware, PA 18356 Donation at the door - $30.00 The Troopers Bridge Dinner supports New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Troopers and their families. If you have never been to this event, come out and see for yourself. If you can’t make the event but would like to make a donation, you can go to the website or contact Troop F First Sergeant Jim Whittel. Specific questions can also be sent to the Troop F First Sergeant via email or by cell (845-283-1000). The Troopers Bridge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with zero administrative/salary costs. This year’s event specifically supports the families of Trooper Joseph Gallagher (Troop L) and Sergeant James Monda (Troop G). Thank you to my Academy classmate Jim Whittel for his hard work as a Troopers Bridge Foundation Director. This email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. To send a comment to the NYSTPBA, please contact us at

The Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Troopers 120 State St. Albany, New York 12207 (518) 462-7448

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