In mourning once again, NYC prepares to honor the fallen officer

NEW YORK (AP) – A city reeling from violence is getting ready to rest a rookie cop…

NEW YORK (AP) – A city reeling from violence is getting ready to rest a rookie police officer hailed as an inspiration to his immigrant community, as investigators seeks to gain insight into a family dispute that causes another officer to “fight for his life.”

Funeral services for New York City Police Jason Rivera are nearing completion, as teammates in blue mourn the passing of the 22-year-old, who joined forces to make a difference distinctive in what he describes as “a city of chaos.”

Rivera and officer Wilbert Mora were shot Friday night while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son. Mora, 27, suffered a serious head injury, police said.

During an appearance on Sunday morning on CNN, Mayor Eric Adams emphasized the urgency “to address the fundamental issues that are impacting crime in our city and which have stained our cities.” urban streets across our country”.

He said his police force would reform a plainclothes crime fighting unit aimed at street shootings. The unit was disbanded in 2020 over concerns that it accounted for a disproportionate share of the number of shootings and complaints.

“The symbolism of that bloody red coat is really what we’re talking about here not just in New York City, but across America,” Adams said.

The medical examiner ruled Rivera’s death a homicide after an autopsy revealed he died of injuries to the head and torso.

Mora, who has worked with the NYPD for four years, remains in a life-threatening condition, Adams said Sunday.

“It has really affected our entire city, if not the entire country. And this happened after five officers were shot, an 11-month-old was shot in Brooklyn,” the mayor said.

The shooting is the latest in a string of crimes that have terrorized the nation’s largest city.

In the three weeks since Adams took office, a 19-year-old cashier was shot dead while she was working late-night shifts at Burger King, a woman was pushed to death in a subway station, and a baby was seriously injured. was injured when she was hit by a stray bullet while she was sitting in a parked car with her mother. With the shooting in Harlem Friday night, four police officers were shot over several days.

The man police say shot them, Lashawn J. McNeil, 47, was also critically injured and hospitalized, authorities said.

Details of what led to the deadly confrontation are still emerging.

Officials said a woman who made an emergency call Friday said she was sick and her son who came to look after her had become “problematic”. Adams said the woman did not elaborate on the matter.

Authorities said three officers arrived at the apartment after a call came in. Officers spoke to the woman and another son, but made no mention of weapons, police said.

After Rivera and Mora walked from the front of the apartment down a narrow hallway to check on McNeil, he opened a bedroom door and started shooting, police said. Police said both officers were shot dead before they could draw their weapons and defend themselves.

As McNeil tried to flee, a third officer who was with McNeil’s mother in the front of the apartment shot McNeil and injured him in the head and arm, said James Essig, NYPD Chief of Detectives.

Police say the gun used in Friday night’s shooting, a .45-caliber Glock with a high-capacity magazine capable of holding up to 40 extra rounds, was stolen in Baltimore in 2017.

Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul both said more federal government needs to do to recover stolen firearms like the one used in the Harlem shootings. Hochul, when he appeared in Buffalo on Saturday, called it “the scourge of illegal guns on our streets.”

Rivera joined the force in November 2020.

Growing up in Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood, he noticed tensions with the police, according to a brief essay titled “Why I Became a Police Officer,” a copy of which was published by the AP. get.

In that essay, Rivera wrote about how upset he had been to witness his brother being stopped and angry. But his attitude changed when he also saw how the department was trying to improve its relationship with the community.

“I realized how impactful my role as a police officer would be in this chaotic city,” he wrote.

McNeil had a 2003 drug conviction in New York City. He also has several out-of-state arrests. In 1998, he was arrested in South Carolina on suspicion of illegally carrying a pistol, but records showing the matter were later dismissed. In 2002, he was arrested in Pennsylvania on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, Essig said.

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