May 14, 2022
Rikers Island guard jumps to his death from bridge with heartbreaking tributes honoring his decade of service to NYC
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A RIKERS Island guard who served as a Department of Correction officer for a decade died on Friday morning after jumping from the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.
Cops say Edward Roman, 38, jumped at around 6.30am. Now, officials are calling for reform within New York City jails.2Edward Roman died on Friday morning 2Roman jumped to his death from the Verrazzano-Narrows BridgeCredit: Citizen
Cops said Roman was pulled from the water by the US Coast Guard.He was later pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital, according to the Staten Island Advance.
Benny Boscio, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, called out the stressors and working conditions that correction officers deal with in acknowledging Roman's death.
“Correction Officer Roman was well liked and respected by his fellow officers. He had his whole life and career ahead of him,” Boscio said.
“This tragedy is also a solemn reminder of the enormous stress correction officers face on a daily basis. The worsening conditions in our jails doesn’t just affect the inmates.READ MORE NEW YORK CITY STORIESRAP MAFIA Inside Gorilla Stone Nation gang as rapper Casanova pleads guilty on drug chargesGUILTY AS CHARGED Rapper pleads guilty to shooting & robbery as 'leader in Bloods faction'
"Our officers go to work every day not knowing if they will return home the same way they left. They go to work every day not knowing if they will miss time with their loved ones because they are forced to work a double or triple shift.”
The incident comes just one day after New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed an executive order seeking solutions to staffing issues and conditions in city jails.
A commission will work to solve these issues, led by lawyer Brendan McGuire and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Phil Banks.
“I call on the newly-formed Rikers Task Force to immediately address the psychological toll this job takes on my members and to provide them with more access to counseling and other support services,” Boscio said.Most read in NewsFATAL MISTAKE Ex-nurse breaks down in tears after avoiding jail for killing patient, 75JEN BREAKS DOWN Jen Psaki fights back tears in final White House briefing and gets heckledDEADLY WEATHER Meteorologist, 30, one of four killed in storm with hurricane-force windsDEADLY STUNT Horror as wife films husband's fatal 'tombstone' leap from 100ft Magaluf cliff
“Our hearts are broken and our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Roman’s family and his fellow officers. We will do everything we can to support them during this painful time.”
Roman was from Long Island and joined the Department of Correction in December 2011.
“Edward Roman served this city and this department honorably as correction officer for 10 years,” DOC Commissioner Louis Molina said.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and loved ones. We had been praying for his recovery, and now this tragic loss will be felt across the agency.”
Other officers were hit hard by news of Roman's death.
"We can never do anything right, we’re always working and never see our kids,” one officer told Yahoo News.
“At least in the NYPD, you can get fresh air and go to Starbucks.”
The DOC said it is making counseling available to staff.
A number of tributes in Roman's honor have surfaced across social media.
NYCD Boldest Football wrote: "This morning in a tragic event we lost one of our own. Former Boldest football player Correction Officer Edward Roman, we would like to send our condolences and deepest sympathy to his family at this time."Read More On The SunWHERE IS HE? Chilling clues in note & call could reveal where boy missing for 11 years isSTOP THE SPREAD I'm a gardening expert - my nine weeding hacks can save you money and time
"It is with great sadness that we’ve learned of the passing of Correction Officer Edward Roman of the North Infirmary Command today.
"May you RIP, we’d like to send out prayers and condolences out to all of Officer Romans family friends and co workers during this difficult time! Our hearts are with you," wrote the New York City DOC Hispanic Society.You're not alone
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Its Sad: Community Speaks To Step-Mother Changing Plea in Roman Lopez Case
PLACERVILLE (CBS13) – It’s a story that gripped the town for months.
In 2020, police found Roman Lopez dead inside the family’s basement before arresting his father and stepmother nearly a year later.READ MORE: Construction Begins On I-80 Express Lanes Between Fairfield And Vacaville
Jordan and Lindsay Piper originally pleaded not guilty last November.
But on Monday, Lindsey Piper changed her not guilty plea to a no-contest plea inside an El Dorado County Superior Courthouse.
The stepmother’s plea change means she faces 15 years to life for second-degree murder. A judge said she could be eligible for parole after serving that time. She still faces other charges including child abuse, poisoning and torture.
“It’s sad,” said Tim Fisher of Camino who followed the story. “Inappropriate and 15 years isn’t long enough.”READ MORE: Lindsay Piper, Stepmom Charged In Killing Of 11-Year-Old Roman Lopez, Changes Plea To No Contest
What began as a missing person case led to a cold trail during the search.
“I can remember that night, people knocking on the door looking for the little boy,” said Cindy Terri, who lived near the Pipers’ home.
Investigators took a closer look at this home and discovered the child’s body in a bin in the family’s basement. Police revealed roman suffered from malnourishment and dehydration at the time of his death.
The death surrounding this bright-eyed 11-year-old stunned the town as neighbors demanded justice for Roman Lopez.
“This is a good town,” said Placerville resident Kasey Dean.MORE NEWS: Fight Turns Deadly In Roseville; Suspect Arrested
But time moved slowly during the investigation following the boy’s death in January 2020. Arrests followed more than a year later. The pair faced multiple charges including child abuse, poisoning and torture.