2012-03-02 / Editorial/Opinion

Why Was McBride On The Street?

Michael McBride is dead, shot and killed by a detective from the NYPD’s Violent Felony Squad in a Harlem subway station after the thug fired at least four shots at pursuing detectives, hitting one in the arm. The detectives were looking for McBride for a shooting incident on Beach 100 Street in Rockaway, in which the daughter of McBride’s ex-lover was shot in the head and left bleeding in a Bay Towers hallway. The question we all should be asking is, why was McBride free on the street to shoot his Rockaway victim and then a hero detective. Court records show that McBride was a longtime thug. The 52-year-old man had been in prison for second-degree robbery with a weapon from January of 1978 to February of 1980. He lasted about a year on the street before going back to prison in March of 1981 for second-degree attempted burglary. He was jailed again in December of 1989 for first-degree robbery, using a weapon in the commission of the crime. Despite his record, he was conditionally released by the court in September of 2005 and was told that he could stay out of prison as long as he behaved. He quickly blew off his parole officer, however, and went back to prison in July of 2007 for his parole violation. He remained in prison until July of 2008. So, here he is in Rockaway in 2012, carrying a Saturday Night Special and looking for his ex-lover. When her daughter confronted him in the hallway and told him to get lost, McBride simply shot her in the head and went on the run. There is no question that McBride was a violent felon. After a few weaponsrelated jail terms, he should have been sentenced to a longer term. Violent felons belong in prison, not on the street and the “Three strikes and you’re in for life” rule should be honored in New York State.

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