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New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral was once again a sad sea of blue, as 27-year-old NYPD officer Wilbert Mora was laid to rest on Tuesday.
Mora and his 22-year-old partner, Jason Rivera, who was laid to rest last week, were answering a routine call in Harlem when they were ambushed and fatally shot.
Images of so many officers in mourning for the second time in a week is almost more than one can bear, as police from across the nation pay their respects.
For the 2nd time in 5 days, @NYPDnews is holding funeral services for one of their own.
Less than 2 weeks ago, Officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora were shot and killed.
To our NYPD family, please accept thoughts, prayers, and condolences for your fallen heroes. pic.twitter.com/26xcpK5lrQ
— Phoenix Police (@PhoenixPolice) February 2, 2022
SEA OF BLUE: Throngs of police converged for New York City's second funeral in a week for an officer ambushed while answering a call for help in Harlem.
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell called Wilbert Mora “three times a hero.” https://t.co/sBxEHDlWuF pic.twitter.com/pzGzVtKnaK
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) February 2, 2022
Mora’s funeral was held mere hours after an off-duty rookie officer was shot and wounded in an attempted carjacking in Queens.
“It hits very close to home,” NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey told the New York Post on the steps of the cathedral. “[NYPD officers] are devastated and they’re angry. They’re angry because there’s so many guns on the street and there are no consequences for people who are carrying the illegal guns.”
“You’ve got career criminals in possession of illegal guns, assault rifles, high-capacity magazines,” Corey continued. “They’re putting themselves in danger to go get these guns off the street, and yet the same people they are arresting are back out walking the street and all-too-often now using the guns against them. Five police officers shot in the first 21 days this year — two of them fatal.”
And now, there are six.
The latest victim was stopped at a traffic light, on his way to work, when two men rapped on his window with a gun, according to a report from CBS2 in New York.
The officer exited his car and one of the suspects allegedly opened fire, hitting the cop in the shoulder.
“The officer returned fire, but did not strike anyone, and the two males fled the scene on foot,” Chief Corey said in a statement following the incident.
The suspects were apprehended, and, thankfully, the rookie officer is expected to recover from his injury.
New York state’s sweeping Bail Reform Law went into effect in January 2020 and stripped judges of the ability to set cash bail for most crimes that are deemed low-level or nonviolent, meaning those who would have stayed incarcerated until their court date are instead released, creating the dangerous revolving door Chief Corey alluded to.
Lenient judges are also making the NYPD’s job more difficult.
“On Thursday, a 16-year-old aspiring rapper was released on bail after being charged with shooting and wounding another NYPD cop — even though Bronx prosecutors had asked that the reputed gang banger be held without bail,” according to previous American Wire reporting.
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