A convicted cop killer and Black Panther is fighting for parole, arguing that he’s a changed man.

Herman Bell was convicted in the shooting deaths of officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones in 1971. A parole board has denied Bell his freedom for a sixth time, but he is trying to get that ruling overturned.

Bell got a master’s degree and has learned to play the flute. He has also expressed remorse for the deaths of both officers.

“I forever denied Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones all contact with their loved ones,” Bell said in a statement to the parole board. “Those two men never saw their children grow into adulthood. Their wives and families were deprived of their love and guidance. This was my doing, my fault.”

Piagentini’s widow Diane said that Bell should remain in jail.

"He should never get out," she said. "He deprived my husband of a life with his family.”

If a court ruled in his favor, he would be the first Black Panther set free after killing a cop.

Watch Trace Gallagher’s report above.


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