UPDATED 12:24 PM PT – Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Sheriff and friend of the first female New York Police Department (NYPD) officer to be killed in the line of duty, spoke out over the release of the man responsible for her murder. In an interview on Tuesday, Sheriff Eric Chaboty said he got the same chills when hearing the news that Darryl Jeter had been released on parole earlier this month.
“Well, I can tell you when I heard that Darryl Jeter was released, I got the same chill down my spine the day that I heard she had been shot and killed in 1984. The same exact reaction,” said Chaboty.
In September of 1984, Jeter shot and killed officer Irma Lozada after she and her partner chased him for stealing a subway rider’s chain on a subway in Brooklyn. Authorities said Jeter was on parole on a robbery charge at the time he killed Lozada as she caught up with him alone after being separated from her partner.
Lozada was with the New York City Transit Police, an agency which later merged with the NYPD. At just 25-years-old, she would be the first female officer to die in New York City in the line of duty.
On Sept. 21 1984, Police Officer Irma “Fran” Lozada became NYC’s first woman police officer killed in the line of duty. Now, her #BlueFamily is devastated by the news that her murderer has been granted parole release.https://t.co/7icChA4G7e pic.twitter.com/SKbdTFw0YZ
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) December 19, 2021
Jeter would be convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison. Chaboty highlighted how former disgraced New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s parole board disregarded the safety of the community, adding they have created one big mess by releasing several inmates convicted of killing police officers.
“Former Governor Cuomo, he has a hand picked parole board that’s not interested in public safety. They’re interested in a public agenda. And since December of 2017, they’ve released over 22 cop killers,” the sheriff stated.
He had one final message to give towards New York’s criminal just reform program.
“You’re making it hard for the police to do their job. You’re making it easier for the criminals to do their job.”
Moreover, he stressed in order to make communities safer the public should be aware of who they are electing. Meanwhile, President Patrick Lynch of the Police Benevolent Association said they are also outraged over the release, emphasizing it’s a “blow to every cop who puts her life on the line to stop criminals from preying on innocent New Yorkers.”
They went on to urge Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) and the state legislature to fix the broken parole system before another hero’s sacrifice is dishonored. According to FNC Tracking, the number of police officers fatally shot in the line of duty this year stands at 48, which is up five from 2020 which stood at 43.