NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 10:49 AM
An ex-Black Panther suspected of killing two NYPD officers in the 1970s was sentenced to more than two decades behind bars on drug charges.
Robert Vickers was sentenced to 21 years Thursday for selling heroin, the Times Union reported. The 65-year-old sold the drug to an undercover cop six times in 2013 and 2014
Vickers is also suspected in the Jan 27. 1972, murders of New York City Officers Rocco Laurie and Gregory Foster, the newspaper previously reported.
The two cops were patrolling Manhattan’s East Village when they were ambushed. The Black Liberation Army took responsibility for the killings a day later.
Vickers, who has denied any involvement in the murders, said he was never a member of the Black Liberation Army. Instead, he belonged to the Black Panther Party, he said.
Since Laurie and Foster’s 1972 muders, seven pairs of NYPD partners have been killed together in the line of duty. Most recently, Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were gunned down in Brooklyn in December 2014.
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