University In New York To Host Cop Killer; Calls Him a 'Political Prisoner'

University In New York To Host Cop Killer; Calls Him a 'Political Prisoner'

It’s not that the Democrat-supporting left does things specifically for the sake of outraging Americans — it’s that their behavior truly is outrageous.

That’s the only way to explain why a university in New York State would fete and host a cop killer as someone who is being ‘persecuted’ by society.

As reported by The Daily Wire:

A university in New York will host a cop-killer to speak to its students at an event titled, “The History of Black Resistance, U.S. Political Prisoners & Genocide: A Conversation with Jalil Muntaqim” on April 6.

The State University of New York at Brockport offered this description of the event, calling Muntaqim a “political prisoner.”

“Join Jalil Muntaqim for an intellectual conversation on his time with the Black Panthers and serving nearly 50 years as a political prisoner. …  Please join this important conversation with Jalil Muntaqim. All SUNY Brockport students, faculty, and staff are invited. You don’t want to miss it!” the description said, the outlet reported.

“The biography does not mention that Muntaqim, then known as Anthony Bottom, was convicted in 1971 for killing two New York City Police officers — Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini — and served decades in prison,” ABC 13 WHAM reported. “He was paroled in 2020 and moved to Rochester. He drew attention that fall when he registered to vote: something he was not eligible to do.”

Why would he register to vote when he knew he couldn’t? ‘Black resistance?’

In any event, Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter explained the murder of the two NYPD officers:

“My husband looked at him, turned and said ‘I have a wife, I have children,’ but he continued to shoot,” Diane Piagentini said.

New York City Police Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones were ambushed in a premeditated attack in Harlem when responding to a fabricated call for service on May 26, 1971. Anthony Bottom shot Officer Jones in the back of the head with a .45, and then in the neck, Joe Piagentini … in the back, and then in the buttocks; Officer Jones died instantly. Piagentini was shot 13 times and succumbed to his injuries while enroute to the hospital.

With a .45 cal. weapon, no less — a devastating round at close range.

Baxter continued:

Anthony Bottom now resides in Monroe County under the assumed moniker Jalil Muntagim. While we were outraged at his release and move to our community, most complained and then moved on. Now, to add insult to injury, Bottom will be speaking at SUNY Brockport on April 6, 2022, about his “… almost fifty years as a political prisoner…” This statement is not an accurate account of why he was in prison. He was in prison for the murder of two police officers and to say anything less is a disservice to their memory. As a Christian, God commands me to forgive. In the Old and New Testaments there are innumerable references to God’s forgiveness and his expectation for us to forgive. So, as I sit here writing this, as I pray for victims of crime and their families, I also forgive and pray for those responsible for causing so much pain and suffering.

As a senior elected law enforcement officer of Monroe County, I take an oath to uphold the constitutions and laws of the United States and the State of New York. Implicit in that oath is the unwavering commitment to securing the safety and tranquility of our citizens. For this commitment, we ask little and sacrifice much. In an extreme instance, all is sacrificed. When this ultimate sacrifice occurs, our ask, our expectation, is that once lawfully convicted, those responsible receive the ultimate punishment our system of justice allows. Bottom has the right guaranteed by the First Amendment to enjoy freedom of expression no matter how distasteful. For a government agency to seek him out, advertise, accommodate and compensate him for his speech defies credulity.

There can be no earthly redemption for Bottom’s heinous acts. His release was an abomination, his invitation to speak publicly to espouse his narrative of being a victim is abhorrent and an insult to the honor of the lives he destroyed. Forgiveness yes, redemption no.

Diane Piagentini always made sure she attended Muntaqim’s parole hearings.

“My initial reaction when I got the email … was how could this be happening. The college can do whatever they want but what they did not do here was be honest with who this man is,” she said.

University President Heidi Macpherson issued a statement defending the invitation extended to this animal.

The College has received strong feedback about this visit. Some are outraged that a man who has been convicted of such crimes was invited onto campus. Others look forward to the opportunity to learn about Mr. Muntaqim’s experiences.

We do not support the violence exhibited in Mr. Muntaqim’s previous crimes, and his presence on campus does not imply endorsement of his views or past actions. However, we believe in freedom of speech.

That last part is a lie; left-wing college and university campuses in the current age only believe in left-wing speech, as conservatives are routinely either disinvited to speak or shouted down and chased off the property.

Meanwhile, even a belief in free speech doesn’t excuse this.


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