Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is determined to see justice for hero cop Peter Figoski, who's shooting death has led to the arrest of five suspects who will soon stand trial for murder.
Hynes unsealed the indictments against the five on Tuesday, bluntly stating that his office won’t make deals with any of the accused, even if they didn’t fire the murder weapon.
'This will be a trial,' Hynes told the Daily News. 'There won’t be plea bargaining in this case.'
Standing beside him, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly added: 'We can't give back the life of Officer Figoski to his family, but we can see to it, and I know the district attorney will, that some measure of justice is given to the family.'
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The alleged shooter Lamont Pride, who reportedly was involved in an altercation with a Rikers Island correction officer on Monday, is charged with first-degree murder.
Pride's four alleged accomplices who helped plan the December 12 burglary that ended with Figoski being shot in the face, were charged with second-degree murder.
Hynes clarified that it would have made no difference if they didn’t know that Pride would dare to shoot a cop.
'This is the wide reach of felony murder,' Hynes said, reminding his hearers that any participant in a felony can be held liable for a killing that occurs during the crime.
'The killing of a police officer is different than any other murder because the public vests police officers with the authority to protect them,' Kelly added. 'So the assault on a police officer is an assault on society. It's an assault on all of us. As a result, it is perhaps the most heinous type of crime.'
Hynes confirmed that Pride, 27, was wanted in North Carolina for another shooting and was the leader of the New York robbery plot.
At Rikers, Pride had reportedly already been involved in a skuffle, refusing to cooperate with a search after returning from a routine medical exam.
Asked about the altercation, Hynes told the Daily News he was unaware of it. 'Nor do I care,' he added.