Posted by Bossip Staff
A Bronx cop faces up to 15 years in prison after he was convicted Friday of killing an unarmed motorist almost two years ago. Officer Raphael Lora showed no emotion as Bronx Supreme Court Judge Margaret Clancy announced the verdict. He shot and killed Fermin Arzu, 41, “Im happy he was convicted,” said Arzu’s daughter, Katherine, 22. “I thank my family and God for being there, but it’s not going to bring my father back.” Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, slammed Clancy’s decision after a several weeks long bench trial. “This verdict is devastatingly wrong,” Lynch said outside the courtroom. “This sends a message to every New York City police officer that when they hang up their uniform in their locker, walk on by.”……Lora, who is out on $50,000 bail, now faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced May 15. He was cleared of first degree manslaughter charges. Lora, an eight-year veteran, was off-duty when he heard a minivan crash into a parked car outside the cop’s Longwood home May 18, 2007. Armed with a Glock 26, Lora raced towards the van and asked a dazed Arzu for his license, the cop testified. In an instant, Arzu threw the car into drive and tore off, dragging Lora along, the cop claimed in court. Lora, 37, opened fire five times, hitting the Honduran immigrant once in the back as his minivan careened down the street.
Arzu’s van slammed into a parked car and burst into flames before coming to a stop. Police say Arzu’s blood-alcohol level was .17 – more than twice the legal limit – at the time of the incident. Lora insisted he took action to save his own life and prevent Arzu from wreaking further havoc in his neighborhood. “Forensically, the officer was on solid ground,” Lora’s lawyer Stuart London said. “We’re disappointed by the verdict. Obviously he’s disappointed by the verdict.” Arzu’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, said the ruling should send a message to cops. “The victims are glad to see justice was done,” Rubenstein said. “Let this be an example that police officers that commit crimes will be held accountable.”
The problem with police is the abuse of their authority. The bigger/better than or power complex is alive in most officers. This one is getting what he deserves.