“The system continues to fail us. We are not safe anymore, not even the members of the service,” Dominique Luzuriaga said during a funeral mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
“I know you were tired of these laws, especially the ones from the new DA. I hope he’s watching you speak through me right now,” Ms. Luzuriaga said amid thunderous applause and a standing ovation from the pews. “I’m sure all of our blue family is tired too.”
“But I promise — we promise — that your death won’t be in vain,” she said.
Mr. Bragg, who took over his post earlier this month, ordered his office to apply lax prosecution standards for low-level crimes. He mandated that prosecutors do not charge people for resisting arrest and he automatically reduced some felonies to misdemeanors, including for armed robbery.
“Violence against police officers will never be tolerated. My office will vigorously prosecute cases of violence against police and work to prevent senseless acts like this from ever happening again,” the statement said.
Rivera, who was posthumously promoted to detective, was gunned down last Friday during a domestic violence call in Harlem. Wilbert Mora, the second officer who responded to the call, died from his injuries this week. His funeral will be held next week.