2 NYPD families join forces to keep 5 cop killers in prison

MANHATTAN — When NYPD rookie cop Edward Byrne was assassinated 30 years ago, five days after his 22nd birthday, his four killers split $8,000….their “take” for the execution.

The order to “hit” a police officer came from drug enforcer Pappy Mason, who was angry he’d been sent back to jail several days before.

Byrne’s brother recalled the recorded phone call that Mason made to an associate, Phillip Copeland, from Rikers Island.

“You have to kill a cop,” Larry Byrne said,...

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