He was their hero.
Wiping away tears – the ex-wife and four daughters of slain New York City police officer Peter Figoski walked past the media inside Brooklyn Supreme Court after their father’s accused killer, Lamont Pride, was found guilty of second degree murder.
Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch says Pride got off easy. He was not found -guilty of the more serious charge of aggravated murder meaning intent to kill.
Lynch says the family and his brothers in blue wanted more, “To say the least, we’re disappointed and angry . . . This puts a doubt in every police officer’s mind.”
In 2011 – Figoski’s funeral was attended by thousands of police officers. He was a decorated and beloved member of the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn, as well as a 22-year-veteran of the force.
His partner, Glenn Estrada, chased down Pride down and arrested him after he shot Figoski in the face during a botched robbery inside a Brooklyn basement apartment.
Pride later claimed the shooting was an accident, telling police that he fell down while running out of the house causing the gun to go off.
Figoski was shot and killed a few weeks before Christmas in 2011.
Prosecutors said it was intentional. “This clown killed our hero.” After the verdict was read officers from the 75th percent sat solemnly.
The pain is still fresh for his family and for his brothers in blue. Figoski’s parents were also in the courtroom to hear the verdict.
Pride could face 25 years to life in prison. He was also found guilty of burglary.