Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
March 15, 2022

Brooklyn, NY – “There was a time when New York State cared about police officers and their families. Not any more, and that’s unacceptable.

“Today we learned that SUNY Brockport will be hosting New York City cop killer Anthony Bottom, aka Jalil Muntaqim, at an upcoming ‘Diversity Conference.’ His inclusion in the forum is an insult to African-Americans, who are not represented by Marxist assassins, the state university system, and all who remember Patrolmen Waverly M. Jones and Joseph A. Piagentini who were targeted as police officers and mercilessly gunned down by Mr. Bottom and others.

“Those who invited this stone-cold killer to speak — a man who was given a strict life sentence only to be paroled by former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Parole Board — should spend more time familiarizing themselves with the victims rather than the killers. Below, for their edification, is a New York Times brief written just after the slayings. They should read it.”


New York Times

May 23, 1971

The two patrolmen who were killed Friday night in Harlem were family men who joined the police force the same August day nearly five years ago after graduating together from the Police Academy.

Patrolman Joseph A. Piagentini was born July 13, 1942, and lived in Deer Park, L. I., with his wife and two children. He was a check sorter before he joined the force, and had spent his entire police career in the 32nd Precinct. He was a member of the Army Reserve.

According to fellow patrol men at the West 135th Street station, Patrolman Piagentini’s hobby was breeding German shepherd dogs. “He was very easy going,” said a friend. “If you saw him off duty you wouldn’t take him for a cop.”

Air Force Veteran

Like Patrolman Piagentini, Waverly M. Jones joined the department Aug. 1, 1966. A former paper cutter, he was born Oct. 14, 1937, and served for almost four years in the Air Force.

Patrolman Jones lived in the Bronx with his wife and three children. He came to the 32nd Precinct last August after tours in the 40th and 46th Precincts in the Bronx.

Although he was not well known in the 135th Street station, Patrolman Jones was well liked. “He was easy to get. along with,” said one patrolman, adding that Patrolman Jones tended to keep to himself.

The two dead men had been patrolling one sector of the precinct Friday night in their radio car when a call came asking for police assistance at the Colonial Park Houses. The housing project is in another sector, but the two men were asked to respond to it because the car regularly assigned to the sector that includes the project was busy. It was while answering that call that they were shot.

Funeral services for Patrolman Piagentini will he Wednesday at 11 A.M. in St. Cyril and St. Methodius Roman Catholic Church in Deer Park. Services for Patrolman Jones are to be held Tuesday at 11 A.M. in Trinity Methodist Church at Washington Avenue and East 166th Street in the Bronx.