NEW YORK, NY- On May 21, 1971, a coward named Anthony Bottom, aka Jalil Abdul Muntaqim, along with two fellow cowards, Albert Washington and Herman Bell engaged in a premeditated assassination of two New York City police officers, officer Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini, shooting both officers in the back as they walked through a housing project in Harlem enroute to a fake call.
The three, members of the Black Liberation Army, a splinter group that broke off from the Black Panthers stole the weapons used to “finish off the two cops.”
In his book “Badge of the Assassin,” former district attorney Robert K. Tanenbaum described how the killings came about. He wrote that while Off. Jones was killed instantly:
“Piagentini lived long enough to beg for his life—before he was riddled with twenty-two bullet holes by members of a deadly hit squad hell-bent on taking out the men and women of law enforcement.”
For the crime, all were sentenced to life in prison. Out of the three, only one truly got life in prison…Washington, who died while in prison. Bell was paroled in 2018. Now, Bottom has also been released.
In 2019, Bottom had told a journalist from New Yorker, Daniel A. Gross that he is “one of the longest-held political prisoner in the United States.”
Clearly, this monster had no remorse for what he had done. Gross explained that just like a number of incarcerated Black Panthers, Bottom’s mantra was the same. He was in jail simply for being a political prisoner, not for the fact that he had participated in the ambush killing of two of NYPD’s finest like the coward he was. He had no remorse for the fact that he caused five children to grow up without a father.
Now that he’s been released, far-left activists are thrilled, while the mainstream media ignores the horror of the murders he participated in. After all, it was only two clearly “racist” police officers who were killed, one of whom by the way was black.
According to sources, two days prior to the murders, the New York Times received a letter which read:
“Here are the license plates sort [sic] after by the fascist state pig police. We send them in order to exhibit the potential power of oppressed people to acquire revolutionary justice.
The armed goons of this racist government will again meet the guns of oppressed Third World peoples as long as they occupy our community and murder our brothers and sisters in the name of American law and order; just as the fascist marines and army [who] occupy Vietnam in the name of democracy and murder Vietnamese people in the name of American imperialism are confronted with the guns of the Vietnamese Liberation Army, the domestic armed forces of racism and oppression will be confronted with the guns of the Black Liberation Army, who will met [sic] out in the tradition of Malcolm and all true revolutionaries real justice We are Revolutionary justice.”
Of course the killer was held up as some type of hero by leftists, among them Adria R. Walker of the Democrat and Chronicle, who wrote that Bottom was a “father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a mentor, a scholar, a several-times-over published author and a faith leader.” Almost like the second coming of Christ.
Walker gushed, “During this period of his life, police shootings of young black men were frequent.”
It almost seems like she’s equating that time in Bottom’s life with the narrative of what is going on now, almost as if to excuse the current spate of attacks on police officers. As RAIR Foundation USA noted, that statement lacked context and “seemingly excuses the vicious murders of two police officers.”
There was also a website, since removed that had been advocating for Bottoms’ release which had a 2002 video of him explaining that he was a “Marxist-Leninist” before he converted to Islam in prison. “Marxist-Leninist?” No wonder today’s leftists love him.
Bottoms’ attorney, Nora Carroll, a radical leftist affiliated with the National Lawyers Guild commended Bottoms for having an “exemplary prison record,” and continued that he had “expressed sincere remorse for the crime he committed and poses no threat to the community.”
However as addressed above, only two years ago he claimed aggrieved status as a “political prisoner.” In other words, it doesn’t jive madame counselor.
Carroll serves on the National Lawyers Guild’s “Anti-Racism Committee,” Mass Incarceration Committee, and the Parole Preparation Project,” her LinkedIn profile reads. What, no “eliminate the police” committee?
So, what was the first thing Mr. “Sincere Remorse” did after being paroled? He appeared on a program on YouTube called “Renegade Culture,” found on the Black Power Media’s page. Bottom was portrayed as a “political prisoner” on the program.
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Jones and Piagentini were only two of a number of police officers across the country who were killed by Black Panther and Black Liberation Army terrorists in the 1960’s-1980’s. Here are but a few, courtesy of the Officers Down Memorial Page (OMDP):
Officer John Frey, Oct 28, 1967, Oakland (CA) Police Department- after making a traffic stop, Frey requested backup. Upon arrival of his backup, both occupants of the vehicle were removed and separated for questioning.
One of the suspects pulled a gun and opened fire, striking Frey in the chest, stomach and legs. He died enroute to the hospital. The second officer was shot in the chest, but managed to return fire and wound the suspect, who was later apprehended. Frey had a wife and daughter.
Officer Thomas Johnson, Officer Charles Thomasson, Jan. 16, 1968, Nashville (TN) Police Department- During a vehicle stop, both officers were shot and killed. Johnsons stopped the car and was immediately met with a hail of gunfire by all five occupants of the vehicle, who shot him with a 30-30 rifle and other weapons, striking him in the chest.
As Thomasson arrived on scene, he was shot seven times, dying of his wounds two months later. Johnson left a wife and four children; Thomasson left his wife and three daughters.
Officer Nelson Sasscer, June 5, 1969, Santa Ana (CA) Police Department- Sasscer was ambushed by a member of Black Panthers. He was shot twice in the abdomen as he approached two suspects hiding in the shadows. Sasscer had served in Vietnam and had been with the department for only 18 months. His shooter was paroled in 1977.
Ptl. John Gilhooly, Ptl. Frank Rappaport, Nov 13, 1969, Chicago (IL) Police Department- ambushed by member of Black Panthers, they were walking on a gangway between two buildings when a suspect opened fire with a shotgun from a porch below, striking Rappaport in the chest and Gilhooly in the face and neck. He then shot Rappaport as he lay on the ground, killing him.
Sgt. Brian McDonnell, Feb. 18, 1970, San Francisco (CA) Police Department- was killed when a bomb exploded at the Park Police Station. The murder was never solved, but it was believed the Weather Underground was responsible.
Sgt. Edward O’Grady, Off. Waverly Brown, Oct 20, 1981, Nyack (NY) Police Department- shot and killed by members of the Weather Underground
Officer Donald Sager, Apr 24, 1970, Baltimore (MD) Police Department- while sitting in a car writing a report, Sager and his partner were shot. Three members of the Black Panthers walked up behind and on each side of the car and opened fire with semi-automatic handguns. Sager was killed instantly, his partner was hit four times. Sager left a wife and one child.
Trooper Werner Foerster, May 2, 1973, New Jersey State Patrol- while backing up another trooper on the New Jersey Turnpike, three suspects, two men and one woman began to struggle with the troopers, managing to disarm Foerster. Foerster was shot and killed with the second trooper being injured.
He was able to return fire and killed one of the suspects. Foerster was survived by a wife and two children.
The female suspect in Foerster’s murder was one Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur. You may recognize her name. She is widely admired by a number of radical leftists, including Alicia Garza, who you may recognize as one of the founders of Black Lives Matter.
He has openly talked of her admiration for Shakur and has said Shakur’s teachings have had a profound influence on her and Black Lives Matter.
Shakur was granted asylum in 1984 in Cuba and is still believed to be there. She is on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.
The ties between Shakur and Black Lives Matter goes well beyond mere “admiration.” One of the women who at least at one time sat on the board of Thousand Currents, which effectively laundered money for the Black Lives Matter Global Network is one Susan Rosenberg, who in 1979 helped effect Shakur’s escape from prison. There are a lot of tangled webs to weave through when it comes to Shakur and Black Lives Matter.
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