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Patrolman Waverly M. Jones | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

Waverly M. Jones

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, May 21, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/21/1971

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Denied parole in 2004

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Patrolmen Jones and Joseph Piagentini were shot and killed in the 32nd Precinct when they were ambushed by members of the Black Liberation Army.

As the two patrolmen were returning to their cruiser at approximately 2200 hours, three suspects snuck up behind them and opened fire. Patrolman Jones was struck in the back of the head and killed instantly. Patrolman Piagentini was shot 13 times and succumbed to his injuries en route to the hospital.

One of the suspects stole Patrolman Jones' weapon which was later recovered in San Francisco, California, after several BLA members opened fire on a San Francisco police officer.

The three suspects were arrested and sentenced to 25 years to life. One of the suspects died in prison. The other two were denied parole in 2002 and 2004. These two suspects, along with five others, were also involved in the murder of Sergeant John Victor Young of the San Francisco Police Department on August 29, 1971.

Patrolman Jones had been employed with the New York City Police Department for five years, and is survived by his wife and three children.

The Black Liberation Army was a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States government in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers around the country. They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded.

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Never forgotten Warrior brother. Even all the way down here in Oz...
The fact that any group, regardless of reasons or political motives, can single out and execute people upholding the law and protecting the innocent from wrong doers is, in itself, pure evil.
May the souls of the innocent be at peace, and may the pure filth responsible burn in hell..

Senior Constable
South Australia Police
February 17, 2014

 

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