Despite his being wanted for a shooting in North Carolina, the man accused of killing New York City police officer Peter Figoski on Monday was twice released from jail in New York this fall because the authorities in North Carolina declined to have him extradited, the New York Times reports. New York police had arrested Lamont Pride for possession of a knife and for possession of crack cocaine and endangering the welfare of a child.
Each time, said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, police noticed that Pride was wanted in North Carolina, but that the arrest warrant could be served only in that state. A New York police officer called the authorities in Greensboro, N.C., after the second arrest, in November, because of “a concern about a violent felon going back on the streets of New York City.” By the time the Greensboro police requested extradition, Pride had already been freed, Kelly said, “He should not have been out on the streets. He should ideally have been extradited to North Carolina. But that did not happen.”