State parole officers rally outside parolee's arraignment

THE BRONX - Dozens of New York State parole officers rallied today at the arraignment of a parolee accused of attacking three of their colleagues. Jonathan Lee, 23, allegedly attacked three parole officers Sept. 2 as they tried to arrest him for a parole violation. Investigators say Lee grabbed a female officer's gun and began to beat her over the head. Lee also allegedly bit the other officers.Officers at today's rally say the attack highlights the problems caused by state budget cuts. Normally, six to eight officers would be on hand to execute an arrest warrant, parole officers say. In Lee's case, there were four officers present."The financial situation of the state of New York is affecting our lives," says parole officer V. Antonio Perez. "We have been depleted of resources to protect the community that we're paid to serve. It's a lose-lose situation."

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