The New York State Board of Parole Needs to Hear from You

The New York State Board of Parole Needs to Hear from You


The tragic case of Officer Anthony Dwyer, a dedicated New York City police officer brutally murdered, underscores why parole for cop killers should be firmly opposed.

Eddie Matos, the man responsible for Anthony’s death, is currently serving a sentence of 25 years to life for his role in the crime. Despite this, he has continually sought parole, causing immense distress to the victim’s family and raising serious concerns about justice and public safety.

Eddie Matos’s crime showed a blatant disregard for human life. On that fateful day in 1989, Matos, along with three accomplices, orchestrated a robbery at a McDonald’s, holding employees at gunpoint. Officer Anthony Dwyer responded to the incident and pursued Matos to a rooftop, where Matos pushed Anthony down a 25-foot air shaft. Anthony, only 23 years old, was later pronounced dead at the hospital. This act of violence was not just a crime against an individual but a direct attack on the societal values of safety and law enforcement.

For the Dwyer family, the possibility of Matos’s release is a continuous source of anguish. Each hearing is a painful reminder of their loss and a reopening of old wounds. The emotional burden placed on families of victims, who must repeatedly fight to keep the perpetrators behind bars, cannot be overstated.

Allowing a convicted murderer like Matos back into society poses significant risks. The parole board’s accountability in such cases is questionable. If Matos were to commit another crime, it would be a devastating failure of the justice system, highlighting the potential dangers of granting parole to individuals convicted of serious violent crimes. Yet, the parole board would not be held accountable.

Officer Anthony Dwyer’s life, though tragically cut short, was marked by service and compassion. He was a volunteer fireman, a religious instructor, and a community helper who dedicated his time to assisting the elderly and supporting friends in need. His positive impact on the community stands in stark contrast to Matos’s actions. Allowing Matos parole undermines the legacy of a man who gave so much to society.

Justice for victims of violent crimes demands that their perpetrators serve their full sentences. This is not merely about punishment but about upholding the principle that certain actions, such as the cold-blooded murder of a police officer, are so egregious that they forfeit the perpetrator’s right to reintegrate into society.

In conclusion, opposing parole for convicted murderers like Eddie Matos is crucial for ensuring justice, honoring the memory and service of victims like Officer Anthony Dwyer, and protecting the public. The parole system must be stringent and discerning, particularly in cases involving violent crimes, to maintain the integrity of the justice system and to provide true solace to the victims’ families.

Tell the New York State Board of Parole to keep the killer of Officer Anthony Dwyer behind bars here: