A cop-killing drug dealer was convicted Monday of shooting Detective Randolph Holder in a pathetic bid to evade arrest.
A Manhattan jury found Tyrone Howard, 32, guilty of murder, robbery and other charges following four days of deliberations for the 2015 killing of the rookie cop.
He faces a mandatory life sentence without parole.
March 6, 2017
Statement by Ed Mullins, President of the NYC Sergeants Benevolent Association, regarding the conviction of a man for the murder of Det. Randolph Holder
Ed Mullins, President of the New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association, whose 13,000 members make it the fifth largest police union in the country, praised the jury for convicting Tyrone Howard for the murder of Police Officer Randolph Holder of the Housing Bureau, Police Service Area 5, on October 20, 2015.
Officer Holder, who was posthumously promoted to the rank of Detective First Grade, had confronted Howard for stealing a bicycle on a footbridge near East 120th Street and the FDR Drive when he was fatally shot by Howard, a career criminal with over two dozen arrests.
“While I applaud the jury for convicting Mr. Howard, the sad reality is that he gets to live while Det. Holder lost his life at the age of 33. Det. Holder was a third generation police officer who came to the United States from his native Guyana in pursuit of the American Dream. He wrote eloquently about becoming a police officer so he could be a role model and make a difference in the lives of others.
“Det. Holder personified and exemplified all of the ideals that make America the greatest country in the world,” continued Mullins. “Where are our purported political leaders and journalistic pundits? Why is there nothing but silence from our elected officials, who are quick to put NYPD officers in peril on an everyday basis, but nowhere to be seen or heard during a time like this?”
I hope the Holder family can find some comfort in knowing that Mr. Howard will spend the rest of his life in prison. It is important for all SBA members to keep the Holder family in our thoughts and prayers during this challenging time.
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