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Slain cop’s brother furious over killer Herman Bell’s release


Herman Bell, one of police officer Waverly Jones’ killers, is a free man — so Jones’ brother Manny wants to know where his sibling is. “I always said Bell could get out when my brother comes back to us,” Manny Jones, 72, told the Daily News. “Now he’s out,” Jones said. “But I don’t see my brother.” Bell, 70, was released from the maximum-security Shawangunk Correctional Facility in upstate Ulster County on Friday around 5 p.m. Cop killer Herman Bell released on parole after nearly 40 years He was relocated to Brooklyn, where he is expected to make regular visits to his parole officer for the rest of his life, state officials said. A call to his attorney, Robert Boyle, was not immediately returned. Bell was been imprisoned for 39 years after he and two accomplices were convicted of assassinating Jones and fellow NYPD officer Joseph Piagentini in 1971. Jones died instantly after taking a bullet to the head from six inches away. Inmate denied parole in 1974 Queens slay of NYPD officer Piagentini was tortured and shot 22 times as he begged the merciless killers for his life. Bell is a three-time cop killer — he pleaded guilty in 2009 to killing San Francisco police officer John Young after shooting the New York cops. The one-time member of the Black Liberation Army won parole on his eighth try in March. “There was nothing political about the act, as much as I thought at the time,” Bell told the parole board. “It was murder, and horribly wrong.” GOP pols seek change to prevent killers from early jail release Manny Jones said he was sickened to hear his brother’s killer was released. “God damn!” he said. “I was having nightmares of this guy getting out of prison. It’s just wrong.” Jones applauded the Police Benevolent Association’s efforts to keep Bell in prison — and was shocked that the parole board didn’t have a change a heart after they were flooded with more than 367,000 e-letters demanding that Bell remain in jail. On Friday, before Bell’s release, PBA President Patrick Lynch announced that the union and Piagentini’s widow have filed papers with the state Appellate Division to demand that Bell’s parole be overturned. NYPD commish rips impending release of cop killer Herman Bell “What we’re asking is to reverse it, allow a new clean parole board to look at all the evidence and go by their own criteria and then go out and get Bell again and put him where he belongs,” Lynch said. Now that Bell is free, Officer Jones’ brother doesn’t want to think about him anymore. “I don’t want to see this f-----g guy, man,” Jones said candidly. “This guy killed three cops and they let him out. It seems that they want to let everybody out these days.” Jones said he is focusing on the upcoming parole hearing for Bell’s accomplice Anthony Bottom. Cop killer Herman Bell released on parole after nearly 40 years Bottom, 66, will see the Parole Board in June, officials said.