Ex militants who admit killing NY cops seek parole
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two former members of a militant black power group convicted of killing two New York City police officers in 1971 are again seeking parole.
But this time, Anthony Bottom and Herman Bell will appear before the state Parole Board after admitting to the slayings.
The 66-year-old Bell is scheduled to appear before the board for his sixth time next week. The 62-year-old Bottom will appear for his seventh time in June.
They were members of the Black Liberation Army, a violent offshoot of the Black Panthers. They had previously denied killing Officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini in Harlem on May 21, 1971.
Supporters say they've been model inmates who have attained degrees and are rehabilitated.
The powerful Patrolmen's Benevolent Association says they belong in prison.