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Cop-killer sits on new police reform advisory board in New York


A notorious New York cop killer is now helping to reform the police under the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Richard Rivera, who executed an officer in Queens back in 1981, is now part of the Empire State’s push to reform law enforcement. 

Rivera currently sits sits on a panel for Ithaca and Tompkins County, part of a program known as “Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative.’’

According to the New York Post, the collaborative was formed after Cuomo ordered municipalities to submit police-reform plans. 

The order was issued in response to the death of George Floyd in 2020.

In speaking about his position in relation to the 1981 murder of NYPD Officer Robert Walsh,, Rivera claimed that he is “Holding the memory of Officer Walsh to the highest standard of policing in terms of a protector to the community, somebody who cares for the community.”

Walsh’s son, however,  is not convinced. 

“We’re completely shocked that the man who murdered my father is being trusted to create police reforms,” said Robert Walsh Jr. “My father dedicated his life to serving and protecting New Yorkers. He should be the one serving on a panel to help reimagine policing, but he’ll never get that chance.”

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