On Monday, September 28, Politico published City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's 15 seconds of fame with Pope Francis and her special request of him to pray for jailed Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera.
How dare she go to the Pope to request help on releasing a terrorist. Oscar Lopez Rivera is no political prisoner, he is a murderer.
Ms. Mark-Viverito needs to be reminded that Oscar Lopez Rivera was a key member and leader of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN). The FALN was responsible for over 75 bombings and six deaths within the United States.
Perhaps Ms. Mark-Viverito should have asked Pope Francis to pray for the homeless, victims of child abuse or our military veterans who provide the very freedoms she enjoys.
Why not ask for prayers for Officer Pascarella and Detectives Senft and Pastorella of the NYPD, who were all blown up on New Year’s Eve as a result of bombs placed around Police Headquarters by the FALN. Speaker Mark-Viverito has no memory of this act of terror.
Nor does she have a memory of a young police officer named Angel Poggi, a rookie working his first tour out of the 23rd Precinct. Poggi and his partner responded to a location on 110th Street on a call of a "dead female" on the third floor.
Poggi proceeded to the top of the stairs and pulled the front door open. It was booby-trapped and blew up in his face sending him to the middle of 110th St. His first tour of duty ended his one-tour career with the NYPD and destroyed the future of a young native Puerto Rican and a New Yorker. Once again, another act of terror by the FALN.
Ms. Mark-Viverito, maybe it’s time you justify your desire to release Oscar Lopez Rivera and come clean with all New Yorkers. Please stop claiming you support the members of law enforcement, the facts are clear, you do not.
Sergeants Benevolent Association