McAuliffe Calls for Public Explanation from Prisoner Review Board Members Who Voted to Parole Cop Killer

Parole of Cop Killer Sends Wrong Message and Dishonors Police Officers

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Chicago, IL- State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) is calling for a public explanation by the Prisoner Review Board for their reasoning in granting parole in favor of convicted cop killer Joseph Bigsby. Last week the board made the unconscionable decision to grant early parole for a convicted cop killer.

The board voted to allow Joseph Bigsby an early release from prison with just under 40-percent of time-served after being convicted of the slaying of Chicago Police Officer Edward Barron in 1973. Bigsby was 16 years old when he delivered a fatal shot to the head to Officer Edward Barron. Barron and his partner were responding to a string of 911 calls reporting a series of gunpoint robberies on the south side of Chicago. Bigsby was later convicted of murder, three counts of attempted murder and two counts of armed robbery and sentenced to 200 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Barron was 36-years old and married with two children.

“This is a deplorable injustice to the memory of Officer Barron, his family, Chicago Police Officers and law enforcement throughout the nation,” stated Rep. McAuliffe. “There should be no question that there is a zero tolerance policy for retaliating against the brave men and women that risk their lives every day to serve and protect our communities.”

McAuliffe, the son of the late Roger McAuliffe, a former state representative and Chicago Police Detective, has maintained an on-going record of standing strong as a champion and resilient voice for law enforcement.

“This ruling sets a dangerous precedent and sends the wrong message that Illinois is wavering in its solidarity against cop killers,” said McAuliffe. “After committing a heinous series of delinquencies, this criminal is free to enjoy the rest of his life with his family. Officer Barron did not make it home to his wife and two children because Mr. Bigsby chose to open fire on a uniformed officer. This is unacceptable.”

McAuliffe is currently reviewing legislation that will prevent this tragedy from occurring again. Please visit for more information.