Former President Donald Trump Visits Murdered NYPD Officer’s Wake

On March 28, 2024, former President Donald Trump went to the wake of murdered New York Police Department Officer Jonathan Diller. The NYPD officer was shot and killed carrying out a routine traffic stop earlier that week. 

“What happened is such a sad, sad event, such a horrible thing,” Trump said to reporters afterward.

In a brief comment, he stated his condolences for Diller’s death and used the wake to sound off on the law & order plank of his campaign.

“We have to stop it. We have to stop it,” Trump stated. “We have to get back to law and order. We have to do a lot of things differently, because this is not working.”

On March 25, Diller approached an illegally parked vehicle with another officer. From there, he asked the two suspects, Lindy Jones and Guy Rivera, to move the vehicle, per law enforcement accounts of the situation. Law enforcement officials recounted that the two men refused to roll down their windows.

When they were instructed to show their hands, Riviera shot and killed Diller. 

Diller was subsequently rushed to the hospital where he died of his gunshot wounds.  On March 28, Rivera was charged with murder of a law enforcement officer, attempted murder, and criminal possession of a firearm. 

For his part, Jones was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and possession of a defaced firearm. 

Both suspects have lengthy rap sheets. Jones was previously arrested 14 times, which included an attempted murder and robbery. In his latest arrest, Jones was out on bail with respect to a separate crime, police records demonstrated. Rivera was previously arrested 21 times, per NYPD police records.

On March 28, Trump called attention to the two criminals’ long criminal rap sheets.

“They don’t learn because they don’t respect. They don’t,” Trump declared. “They’re not given the respect, the police are the greatest people we have. There’s nothing and there’s nobody like them and this should never happen.”

Trump has the right law & order instincts here. He should avoid any temptation to pursue criminal justice reform and instead re-assert the coercive power of the law & order agenda. This will move mountains in fighting back against the country’s growing crime crisis.

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