NY Gov. Kathy Hochul defends going to slain NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller’s wake after being informed ‘his blood is in your fingers’

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NY Gov. Kathy Hochul defends going to slain NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller’s wake after being informed ‘his blood is in your fingers’


Gov. Kathy Hochul stated she “understands” why slain NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller’s household is “outraged,” however insisted Saturday she was by no means informed to go away the hero cop’s wake — regardless of being abruptly informed “his blood is in your fingers.”

“I might do it once more, and that’s my job,” stated Hochul, defending her choice to attend Diller’s wake a day earlier on Lengthy Island.

“We have been informed the household is welcoming. We all the time verify, and so they stated to come back, and I went. And nobody informed me to go away,” Hochul additionally informed Politico throughout an Easter occasion on the governor’s mansion in Albany.

Gov. Kathy Hochul arriving at Jonathan Diller’s wake on March 29, 2024. Dennis A. Clark
Attendees of Diller’s funeral informed Hochul that “his blood is in your fingers” at his wake. Dennis A. Clark

Talking with Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation later Saturday, Hochul stated she spoke with Diller’s spouse Stephanie and different members of the family on the wake and conceded, “Everyone seems to be simply so distraught – and, sure, there’s loads of anger.”

“Understandably there’s anger about how these people might commit crimes again and again and are again out on the road once more,” added Hochul, who didn’t attend Saturday’s funeral service.

Since Diller, 31, was killed Monday throughout a visitors cease in Far Rockaway, Queens, Hochul has come beneath hearth because the face of controversial bail reform, which legislation enforcement blames for the rise in recidivism. 

Diller was killed throughout a routine visitors cease in Queens final week.

Regardless of her personal efforts to roll again the reforms, Hochul has failed to chop down the adjustments that many argue permit violent criminals onto the road and put cops and on a regular basis New Yorkers in danger.

The prime suspect in Diller’s homicide – 34-year-old Man Rivera – has a minimum of 21 prior arrests and did a five-year jail stint.

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Diller’s widow Stephanie holding their 1-year-old-son Ryan on the funeral. James Keivom
Hochul stated she “understands” the anger Diller’s household is feeling. REUTERS

“We labored exhausting with the [state] Legislature final yr to vary the bail legal guidelines, so the judges have extra discretion, and there’s loads of difficult components right here,” stated Hochul.

“However I completely perceive the outrage of the household. I actually do.”

“We’re actually working exhausting to maintain crime down,” insisted Hochul, touting her order earlier this month to deploy 750 Nationwide Guardsmen and 250 state and MTA cops into NYC’s subway system.

How Publish readers may also help

You possibly can assist Officer Jonathan Diller’s 1-year-old son by way of the Silver Protect Basis, which can assist fund his future schooling. Diller, 31, was shot and killed throughout a visitors cease in Queens, forsaking his spouse, Stephanie, and child Ryan.

The Silver Protect Basis was launched in 1982 by late New York Yankees proprietor George Steinbrenner for the households of NYPD officers and FDNY firefighters who lose their lives within the line of obligation.

You may make a contribution at silvershieldfoundation.org/donate or ship it to: Silver Protect Basis, 870 UN Plaza, 1st Flooring, New York, NY 10017.

Hochul, nonetheless, failed to handle the Diller member of the family, who in keeping with a supply, confronted her on the wake and stated, “We don’t need you right here. You’re not needed right here. You’ve got blood in your fingers. If you wish to do one thing, change the bail legal guidelines.”

Hochul spokesman Avi Small additionally declined to handle the confrontation, solely saying in an electronic mail that the governor “attended the wake … to mourn the lack of Officer Diller, provide her condolences and listen to from his household and family members who’re coping with unimaginable grief.”


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