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New York quietly releases cop-killer from prison, and police are furious

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Apparently, freeing cop-killers has become a thing for the New York State Board of Parole.

The board's efforts to release murderers of police officers have repeatedly raised the hackles of cops — and their latest parolee, whom they tried to put back on the streets without anyone really noticing, has set off alarm bells among New York's boys in blue and their union.

Darryl Jeter shot and killed New York City cop Irma Lozada with her own gun in 1984. The murder made the 25-year-old Lozada the first female New York City police officer to die in the line of duty.

Lozada, who was working as a plainclothes cop for Transit District 33, watching for jewelry snatchers, WPIX-TV said, was with her police partner when they saw Jeter, who was on parole from a 1983 attempted robbery conviction, snagging a necklace from someone's neck on the train in Brooklyn. The two cops gave chase and got separated. Lozada caught up with the thief alone, and during a subsequent struggle, Jeter took her gun and shot her twice in the head.

Jeter was sentenced to 32.5 years to life in prison for second-degree murder, WPIX said, and twice lost requests for parole.

But now, after serving 36 years, Jeter is a free man after the state quietly released him earlier this month.

Naturally, the police union was none too thrilled to find out about Jeter's Dec. 7 release.

In less than two years, the board has released at least 23 cop-killers, the Police Benevolent Association said in a statement Sunday.

The union went on to say that all police in the city are "devastated by the news," and union President Patrick Lynch called Jeter's release a "blow to every cop who puts her life on the line to stop criminals from preying on innocent New Yorkers."

Lynch said the union is calling on the governor and the legislature "to fix our broken parole system before another hero’s sacrifice is dishonored."

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