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The heartbroken widow of fallen NYPD Detective Jason Rivera fought back tears on Friday as she delivered a eulogy for her husband, targeting New York’s soft-on-crime district attorney and a structure that “continues to fail us.”
“I know you were tired of these laws, especially the ones from the new DA. I hope he’s watching you speak through me right now,” Dominique Luzuriaga Rivera said directly to her late husband who was shot and killed on a domestic violence call in Harlem last week. “I’m sure all of our blue family is tired too.”
Earlier this month, the recently elected Manhattan D.A Alvin Bragg announced a laundry list of lax prosecution policies including asking for jail time for only the most egregious crimes like murder and sexual assault. Bragg’s swearing-in prompted at least a dozen prosecutors to walk out on their job because they wanted to continue prosecuting the law instead of sitting on their haunches and watching the crime explode in the Big Apple under the guidance of the woke D.A.
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“The system continues to fail us,” Luzuriaga said. “We are not safe anymore. Not even the members of the service.”
“But I promise – we promise – that your death won’t be in vain,” she added.
Bragg was reportedly in attendance at Rivera’s funeral and told Fox News in a statement that he is”grieving and praying for Detective Rivera and Officer Mora today and every day.”
“My thoughts are with their families and the NYPD. Violence against police officers will never be tolerated,” the statement continued. “My office will vigorously prosecute cases of violence against police and work to prevent senseless acts like this from ever happening again.”
Although many agreed with Luzuriaga’s admonition of the new D.A., some felt the rising crime in New York is not his fault.
It’s not the DA faults when NYS has never taken mental health issues seriously with proper legislation and funding for social workers and non-profit organizations that help with these issues
— Jasmine Shea (@SheaMyName215) January 28, 2022
You aren’t wrong. Sincere condolences. Heartbreaking….. 🙏😢
— Kate B. (@KateB59698164) January 28, 2022
dems and republicans should have separate police forces, separate taxes and separate schools
— Brooke (@SickandTiredMom) January 28, 2022
THE SYSTEM ?????. The SYSTEM is man-made, ie.
DeBlasio & Company created the KILL A COP program
with his insane Term of Authoritarian rule.
— AZinteck (@AZinteck) January 28, 2022
Yep..100% the Democrat System has failed us….
— Dr. T. Dexter. FAACS. (@CombatDoc18) January 28, 2022
During the service, Rivera was posthumously promoted to Detective First Grade by Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell in recognition that the slain officer was an excellent example for others.
“Only 22 years, Jason found the woman and the career of his dreams. Many don’t accomplish that in their entire lifetimes,” Sewell explained. “He was a man of unbounded generosity, humble heart. He showed us how to be better. His selfless acts of humility have been remembered over the past week.”
“His loss is extremely difficult for us all to bear. Jason rose to every challenge that crossed his path. He was everything the city and the NYPD needed him to be,” Sewell said.
Rivera died on the scene of a domestic violence call involving a dispute between a mother and her son in Harlem last week. His partner, Officer Wilbert Mora, died several days after the incident where he was shot in the head.
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