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Updated: May 23, 2021, 7:11 PM

Perp who dragged cop rearrested; Pat Lynch says he should never have been freed

By Aliza Chasan

BROOKLYN — A teen convicted after he dragged an NYPD officer with a stolen car — paralyzing the officer — was arrested again early Sunday after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car in Brooklyn, officials said.

Justin Murrell, out on parole, was 15 when, in June 2017, he dragged NYPD Detective Dalsh Veve. He was sentenced to 16 months to 4 years in prison. Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch slammed the sentencing at the time and critiqued it again on Sunday.

“Is anyone surprised? This perp dragged a hero New York City police officer behind a stolen car, paralyzing him,” Lynch said. “He had an extensive criminal record before that. And yet we had a judge and elected officials who thought he should be given yet another chance and put right back on the street.”

Veve spent months in rehab. He was to dragged after he responded to report of gunshots near Tilden Avenue and East 53rd Street in East Flatbush, Brooklyn in 2017.

Prosecutors said Murrell was joyriding without a driver’s license when Detective Veve attempted to stop him. They claimed when Murrell took off, Vevewas dragged for three blocks.