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Brief Appearance by New York Gov. Hochul at Slain Officer’s Wake Sparks Accusations That She Used It for Publicity

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul made a brief appearance at the wake of Police Officer Jonathan Diller. 

Her departure from the funeral home within minutes of her arrival on Friday afternoon set tongues wagging. 

A video captured the governor talking to someone outside the funeral home before leaving to the sound of claps.

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The governor’s swift exit occurred against the backdrop of criticism from Vincent Vallelong, President of the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association. 

In a letter to members of his union, he expressed disdain for the anticipated attendance of elected officials at Officer Diller’s funeral, accusing that they would likely “shed a few crocodile tears” and then seek photo opportunities rather than genuinely honoring the fallen officer’s legacy.

This sentiment was further echoed by former President Donald Trump, who attended the wake a day earlier, emphasizing the need to restore rule of law in the city and acknowledging the irreversible impact of the PO’s death on his family.

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Jonathan Diller, who had been serving with the NYPD for three years, was tragically killed during a routine traffic stop in Queens, where suspect Guy Rivera, who has a long history of prior arrests, allegedly shot him. 

The incident led to murder charges against Rivera and another individual present at the scene, Lindy Jones.

Governor Hochul’s rapid departure from Officer Diller’s wake and the surrounding circumstances underscore the ongoing tension between law enforcement and certain political figures amidst debates over police funding and criminal justice reform.

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