Democrat Governor Gets Thrown Out Of Somber Funeral

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( – On Friday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul attended the wake at the Massapequa Funeral Home for New York City Police Officer Jonathan Diller on the second day of viewings. However, her presence at the wake had caused tension with another attendee as caught on video. 

A witness had seen when Hochul and a man wearing a black suit had clashed. According to the witness this incident had led to law enforcement personnel outside the venue applauding the individual as they departed. 

New York lawmakers and Gov. Hochul have faced a lot of criticism following the death of Diller. Before the weekend services, Sergeants Benevolent Association president Vincent J. Vallelong had penned a letter in which he had cautioned City Council members to not attend the wake. 

In part, the criticisms faced by the lawmakers are the result of the revelations that one of the individuals who had been a part of the fatal shooting had been released on bail last spring after facing gun-related charges. This has resulted in a big debate over possible bail reforms. 

On Monday, 31-year-old Diller was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop. The bullet had hit him below the bulletproof vest. There were attempts to save the officer however he was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital following the shooting. He leaves behind a wife and 1-year-old son. 

New York City Mayor Eric Adams following the incident has been pushing for legislative action that will handle the issue of criminal recidivism.

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