Statement from NYSPIA regarding SUNY Brockport invitation to Anthony Bottom

For Immediate Release:
March 14, 2022


The following statement is attributable to Tim Dymond, President of the New York State Police Investigators Association

“The New York State Police Investigators Association (NYSPIA) recently learned that SUNY Brockport plans to host convicted cop killer Jalil Muntaqim (aka Anthony Bottom) to speak at their upcoming Annual Diversity Conference. The session is entitled, “History of Black Resistance, U.S. Political Prisoners and Genocide: A Conversation with Jalil Muntaqim.” To refer to a convicted killer who murdered two police officers as a “Political Prisoner” is shocking, abhorrent and an insult to the families of the two slain officers. NYSPIA fully supports freedom of speech, and we do not question the right of an individual share their thoughts and opinions. However, we do question why SUNY Brockport would invite a convicted cop killer to campus and refer to him as a “political prisoner”. On behalf of the 1,200 men and women who are actively serving as New York State Police Investigators and Senior Investigators, as well as our more than 1,400 retirees, we call on the SUNY Brockport administration to rescind the invitation to Jalil Muntaqim. Further we believe that the University should issue an apology to families of the men Muntaqim killed, and the entire law enforcement community for their insulting proposal.”