Family of slain NYC hero fights cop killer’s parole every two years: ‘We’re forever in our life sentence’

The state is poised to spring a cop killer from jail — the forty second in the previous seven years — because the officer’s household fights to maintain the profession legal behind bars, The Post has discovered. 

Police Officer James Whittington was off-duty in Brownsville, Brooklyn, on Oct. 20, 1982, when he encountered felon Mitchell Martin, who was armed and combating with a girl.

Whittington chased after Martin whereas making an attempt to arrest him and the two struggled, earlier than Martin fatally shot the police officer at shut vary.

Nicole Demby at PBA offices on Broad St.
Nicole Demby, killed Officer James Whittington’s daughter, and her household endure having to implore the parole board to not launch her father’s killer every two years. Helayne Seidman
Police Officer James Whittington
Police Officer James Whittington was off killed by Mitchell Martin in 1982.

Whittington was sentenced to 25 years to life and has been in jail since August 1983.

The parole board is ready to contemplate the 66-year-old’s launch from Elmira in June.

The police officer’s daughter, Nicole Demby, plans to implore the release-happy parole board to maintain Martin behind bars — a laborious chore the household endures every two years.

“You know, my father’s life sentence began 42 years ago,” the 47-year-old mother stated.

“He’s in Green-Wood Cemetery and that’s his place. My mother’s life sentence began at that time too. She’s 83 and she never remarried.”

“We’re forever in our life sentence.”

Martin first got here up for parole in 2014.

“We had peace of mind before that,” stated Demby, who works for Amazon in Manhattan. “We thought life meant for life.”

Now, every two years “we’re reopening a wound that we’re constantly trying to mend.

Nicole Demby holds a picture of her slain dad at PBA offices on Broad St
“We’re forever in our life sentence,” Whittington’s daughter advised the Post. Helayne Seidman

“For a person to take the life of a police officer it means they not only have a disregard for human life, but they also have a disregard for society. Because of that, there really is no place for them in our society.”

The surge in releasing cop killers is due in giant half to a revision in 2017 to the foundations governing how the 17-member parole board weighs a prisoner’s launch, in half as a result of of lobbying by jail reformers and authorized teams, a regulation enforcement supply stated.

The board provides extra weight to an inmate’s age and document whereas in jail — and fewer to the crime they dedicated, the supply stated.

Board members are appointed by the governor and accredited by the state Senate and have more and more been left-leaning.

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