New York’s Soft Crime Stance Under Fire: Cop Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop

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Biden’s administration has achieved the “accomplishment” that America’s largest cities are now little more than warzones because of criminals. New York City is one of the most dangerous battlefields. The NYPD, New York’s finest, lost another of their own Monday night in another senseless act of violence. Officer Jonathan Diller was killed by a career criminal during a traffic check in Queens.

Around 5:50 pm, Diller approached his partner and a car parked in front of the bus stop. Rivera refused to leave the car when they repeatedly asked him to do so. Rivera shot Diller when he tried to physically remove Rivera from the vehicle. The bullet hit him under the vest of the police officer. Deon Peters, a witness of the incident, stated that Diller cried out loudly that he was hit. Diller’s accomplice returned fire and hit Rivera. Diller was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Later, he was pronounced dead. Rivera was rushed to hospital where his condition was stable.

NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban Tweeted on X.

“This city lost a great hero tonight, a woman lost her husband and a child lost his father. The loss of one of our own is a tragedy that we struggle to describe. We will never forget the work Police Officer Jonathan Diller performed every day to make our city a better place. “Our prayers are with the family, friends, and colleagues in blue”

Several others who may have been partially responsible for Rivera, his 41-year-old accomplice Lindy Jones being on the street, also made statements. New York City Mayor Eric Adams said during a press event at Jamaica Hospital:

“We lost Jonathan this evening. The same bad people are doing bad things to the good people. In less than a year, he is back with another gun. This person showed a complete disregard for the safety of this city. It is clear: the good guys are fighting the bad guys. These bad guys are violent. They have guns. They have total disregard for the police uniform which represents our public safety.

Adams said that Diller’s passing was “extremely difficult for this city.” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul described Diller’s murder as “senseless”, adding, “My prayers go out to his family, friends, and members of the NYPD…His heroism, service, and dedication will never be forgotten.” Rivera and Jones both had long criminal histories. Rivera was arrested 21 times. Nine of these arrests were felonies. In 2011, he was arrested for assault and released from prison in 2014. In 2021, he was released after five years of prison for criminal sale. Jones also has a stellar record with 14 arrests, 10 years in prison for attempted murder and theft from 2003 to 2013, and, more recently, an arrest for criminal possession of a weapon of second degree in April 2023. He was released on bail of $75,000.

Mayor Eric Adams described this as “a problem of recidivists.” Most New Yorkers, however, would call it exactly what it is: a soft approach to crime. The New York Legislature passed legislation in 2019 that eliminated cash bail for misdemeanors, and certain non-violent felonies. You’ll be arrested and sent to jail for about a couple of hours. No problem. District Attorneys such as Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg also contribute to the crime surge. Bragg reduced 938 felonies in 2023 to misdemeanors and lesser felonies. This is a staggering 60 percent. Bragg only got convictions in 52 percent of his most serious crimes and stated that he only wanted to jail the worst offenders. No word yet on whether the killing of police officers is considered serious. Gov. Hochul deployed National Guard troops recently to patrol New York City subways following several horrific attacks. Hochul, a Democrat who is always concerned with political correctness, banned the use of “long guns” in the guard’s arsenal after state officials claimed that the subway was treated like a “warzone.”

Patrick Hendry, President of the Police Benevolent Association(PBA), put it bluntly.

“These attacks against New York City Police officers must stop right away. We are currently dealing with a family that is devastated. In this hallway, we have police officers who have lost their brother. It has to stop now.”

Officer Diller has left behind his wife and son one-year-old son.