Report: Fallen Officer’s Relatives Confront Gov. Hochul At Funeral

Days after New York Police Department officer Jonathan Diller was killed in the line of duty, former President Donald Trump attended a wake and funeral at the invitation of the grieving family.

A subsequent report confirmed that a prominent Democratic politician in the state was not welcome at the memorial service. Video footage revealed that Gov. Kathy Hochul arrived at the wake but soon left, seemingly at the behest of other attendees, as others who witnessed the incident began to applaud.

According to a source cited by the New York Post, a family member of the fallen officer confronted the governor and blamed her soft-on-crime policies for contributing to the fatal shooting. The suspect arrested on suspicion of shooting Diller reportedly had a criminal record that includes nearly two dozen previous arrests.

“We don’t want you here,” the relative reportedly told Hochul. “You’re not wanted here. You have blood on your hands. If you want to do something, change the bail laws.”

Diller’s widow also had an opportunity to confront the governor, according to a source who indicated that she appeared to be “telling [Hochul] off” at the funeral. 

“It didn’t look like the widow had a kind word to say,” the individual recalled.

Hochul, who reportedly attended the service for less than 15 minutes before her unceremonious exit, did offer a public statement in response to Diller’s death and ordered that flags across the state be flown at half mast in his honor.

“His heroism and dedication to protecting New Yorkers will never be forgotten,” she wrote in a social media post. “Our prayers are with his family, loved ones, and the NYPD as they grieve this senseless loss. 

For his part, Trump used the opportunity to emphasize his call for tougher penalties for law-breakers.

“What happened is such a sad, sad event,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said during his brief remarks at the service. “Such a horrible thing, and it’s happening all too often and we’re just not going to let it happen. We just can’t. But the Diller family will, you’ll never be the same, you can never be the same. But we have to stop it; we have to stop it. We have to get back to law and order. We have to do a lot of things differently because this is not working. This is happening too often.”

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