Trump Urges Restoration of ‘Law and Order’ at Memorial for Slain NY Police Officer

Former President Donald Trump offered his sympathies to the family of a fallen police officer and underscored the importance of reinstating “law and order” on Thursday.

At the memorial service for NYPD Officer Jonathan Diller, who tragically lost his life during a traffic stop in Far Rockaway, Queens, Trump met with the mourning family, which included Diller’s widow and one-year-old son.

Remarkably, President Joe Biden, alongside former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, opted to attend an upscale fundraiser instead of joining Diller’s wake.

“What happened is such a sad, sad event. 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,” Trump said in his brief remarks at the funeral.

Trump emphasized the urgency of addressing the issue, highlighting the importance of promptly restoring law and order and deploying new strategies to address such tragedies.

Reflecting on his interaction with the family, Trump recalled his conversation with Diller’s widow, Stephanie, and remarked on the innocence of their young child, emphasizing the profound impact of the loss on the family.

Diller tragically lost his life during a routine traffic stop when he was fatally shot below his bulletproof vest and later pronounced dead in the hospital. The assailant, a 34-year-old individual with a record of 21 prior arrests, including serious offenses such as first-degree assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance, carried out the attack from the passenger seat of the vehicle.

Trump expressed his hope that lessons would be gleaned from the tragic incident and stressed the imperative to bolster law enforcement efforts to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

“This is such a sad occasion. The only thing we can say is maybe something is going to be learned. We’ve got to strengthen it up, we’ve got to toughen it up,” he said.

GoFundMe, the crowdfunding platform, disclosed a notable accomplishment on Thursday, revealing that it had garnered over $573,000 from nearly 8,000 donations, ranging from $25 to $5,000, for the fallen 31-year-old NYPD officer.

Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, has been instrumental in the fundraising efforts, rallying support that has now surpassed an impressive $1.5 million mark as per the latest update.

Portnoy’s advocacy gained widespread attention following a poignant video plea circulated on social media platforms, where he mourned the loss of Officer Jonathan Diller, tragically slain in the line of duty.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams spoke to reporters on Tuesday, drawing attention to the critical issue of repeated offenses committed by “dangerous individuals” in the city.

Expressing concern about the ongoing trend of recidivism among individuals involved in criminal activities, Adams stressed the immediate need to tackle this issue. “We’ve repeatedly discussed the significant recidivism among dangerous individuals and how to prevent them from returning to our streets,” he emphasized.

Adams condemned the heartless disregard shown by offenders, highlighting their lack of concern for the lives they put at risk. “There’s a complete disregard. They show no concern whether they’re firing a gun at a police officer or at someone in Selvena Brooks-Powers’ office,” he commented.

Describing the conflict as a battle between “good guys” and “bad guys,” Adams underscored the imperative to confront criminal activity head-on and protect law-abiding citizens. “These are bad people who are doing bad things to good people. It’s the good guys against the bad guys. And we have to recognize that,” he concluded.