Trump Attends The Wake Of Slain NYPD Officer

While attending the wake of slain New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Jonathan Diller, former President Donald Trump expressed his condolences for the officer’s family and emphasized the need to restore “law and order” in the U.S.

Trump met with Diller’s family, including his widow and infant son. The former NYPD officer was recently killed during a traffic stop in Far Rockaway, Queens.

While speaking at the wake, the former president pointed out that too many police officers are being killed on duty as lawlessness increases across the U.S.

“What happened is such a sad, sad event. Such a horrible thing, and it’s happening all too often and we’re just not going to let it happen, we just can’t,” Trump said at the funeral. “But the Diller family will, you’ll never be the same, you can never be the same, but we have to stop it, we have to stop it. We have to get back to law and order.”

“We have to do a lot of things differently because this is not working. This is happening too often,” he added.

The former president noted that the man accused of murdering Diller, 34-year-old Guy Rivera, has had many prior run-ins with law enforcement, including 21 arrests. Relating to Diller’s killing, Rivera has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.

“This is such a sad occasion. The only thing we can say is maybe something is going to be learned. We’ve got to strengthen it up, we’ve got to toughen it up,” the former president said.

The Daily Wire reported that Rivera sat in the passenger seat of a parked car in Far Rockaway when Diller continuously instructed the 34-year-old to exit the vehicle. Rivera ignored the order, pulled out a gun and shot the NYPD officer, with the bullet hitting just below Diller’s protective vest. Diller’s partner, Veckash Khedna, then shot Rivera in the back.

Diller was later taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was shortly pronounced deceased. Rivera is undergoing treatment at the same medical center.

During a press conference following the tragic incident, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) said similar crimes are being committed by “dangerous people,” marking a significant issue in the city.