Kathy Hochul kicked out of NYPD officer’s wake: Report

by 24USATVMarch 30, 2024, 1 p.m. 21
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Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) was not a welcome sight at the wake for fallen NYPD officer Jonathan Diller.

Hochul reportedly left Friday's reception within 10 minutes after she was greeted by a shout of "Get her out of here." As she walked back to her car, Hochul was confronted by a man who sources said was speaking to her while gesturing with emotion.

Video of the exchange was shared to social media.

In a statement to the Washington Examiner, a spokesperson for the governor's office would not confirm or deny the claim that Hochul was asked to leave.

"Governor Hochul attended the wake today to mourn the loss of Officer Diller, offer her condolences and hear from his family and loved ones who are dealing with unimaginable grief."

Diller, 31, was shot and killed Monday while performing a traffic stop on an illegally parked car. The suspected shooter, Guy Rivera, 34, had been arrested 21 times before the incident and is now facing murder charges.

On Thursday, former President Donald Trump paid his respects and spoke afterward about how law enforcement officers are "the greatest people we have."

“The only thing we can say is maybe something’s going to be learned,” Trump said. “We’ve got to toughen it up, we’ve got to strengthen it up. This should never be allowed. Things like this shouldn’t take place and to take place so often,” Trump told reporters. MSNBC later criticized Trump's appearance claiming he was politicizing Diller's death.

President Joe Biden was in New York City for a celebrity-packed fundraiser on Thursday and did not attend the service in Queens.

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre could not confirm whether Biden had called the Diller family while in New York. Jean-Pierre did say Biden spoke with New York City Mayor Eric Adams over the phone to offer his support.

Diller's funeral will be on Saturday. The Washington Examiner contacted the Police Benevolent Association members who were present for comment.

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