Jonathan Diller: Trump attends wake for NYPD officer shot while on duty

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  • By Kayla Epstein
  • BBC News, New York

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Former President Donald Trump attended the vigil Monday for a New York City police officer who was fatally shot during a traffic stop.

Officer Jonathan Diller died after the occupant of an illegally parked car opened fire on him.

“We have to stop it. We have to get back to law and order,” Trump said outside the Long Island funeral home after meeting with the Diller family.

He has tried to make crime a key issue in his presidential campaign.

Diller’s killing, which comes as a debate over public safety and crime rages in some major U.S. cities, is the first of a New York City police officer since 2022.

Authorities charged Guy Rivera, 34, with first-degree murder of a police officer.

Rivera is accused of shooting Diller from a car that was illegally stopped at a bus stop. The officer had attempted to order the occupants out of the vehicle when he was shot under his bulletproof vest, the New York Police Department said.

Diller later died in the hospital, and his death has further inflamed opinion – particularly among Republican voters – that crime is a growing problem in New York City.

Data from the New York Police Department shows that crime has decreased by about 1% over the past two years.

Trump and other Republican figures have periodically accused Democrats of being weak on crime. The former president emphasized this view as he emerged from Diller’s wake flanked by a dozen police officers.

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Donald Trump speaks after attending the wake of New York police officer Jonathan Diller.

“We have to do a lot of things differently because this is not working. This happens too often,” Trump told reporters.

President Joe Biden, a Democrat whom Trump is challenging for the White House, was in New York at the same time as his predecessor. he is attending a big fundraiser on thursday night at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. The event featured former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and numerous celebrity guests.

The fundraiser is expected to raise $25m (£19.8m) for Biden’s re-election effort, his campaign said.

Trump, who faces 91 felony charges in four criminal cases, and his staff attempted to draw a contrast between the two visits.

Trump will “honor Officer Diller’s legacy,” while Biden “will be at a splashy fundraiser in town with his elitist, out-of-touch celebrity benefactors,” Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung wrote on X, formerly Twitter .

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Thursday that Biden had spoken with Mayor Adams and offered the administration’s condolences to Diller’s family.

“Violent crime increased during the previous administration,” Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One, the Associated Press reported. “The Biden-Harris administration has done just the opposite, taking decisive action early on to fund the police and achieving historic reductions in crime.”

The White House spokesperson previously said in a briefing that Diller’s death is a “painful reminder of the cost of gun violence,” which she said is an issue the administration has worked to address.

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