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    The ultimate slap in the face to NYPD?

    He fatally shot an NYPD cop execution-style decades ago in a Queens bar — and now Richard Rivera is helping reform police in upstate New York as part of a state-mandated plan launched by Gov. Andre…

    NYPD cop-killer is now helping reform the police in New York

    By Tina Moore

    March 29, 2021

    He fatally shot an NYPD cop execution-style decades ago in a Queens bar — and now Richard Rivera is helping reform police in upstate New York as part of a state-mandated plan launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    The cop-killer — who murdered off-duty officer and dad-of-four Robert Walsh in 1981 — sits on a panel for Ithaca and Tompkins County as part of its “Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative.’’

    The advisory group was formed after Cuomo ordered municipalities to submit police-reform plans to the state by April 1 following George Floyd’s death.

    “I know people are going to be critical,’’ killer-turned-homeless advocate Rivera, 56, told The Post on Monday when asked about the possible reaction to him sitting on the committee.

    “I don’t know if [Walsh’s] family would find this acceptable,’’ he said. “I can’t control that. What I can control is the way I’ve been living my life.

    “I’m 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.”

    But one of the slain officer’s sons said Rivera doesn’t have to wonder any longer what the family thinks — it is disgusted by the ex-con’s position on the advisory panel.

    “We’re completely shocked that the man who murdered my father is being trusted to create police reforms,” Robert Walsh Jr., 47, told The Post through a rep.

    “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.”

    Rivera was 16 years old when he and four other gun-toting teens donned masks and strolled into the BVD Bar and Grill in Maspeth just after midnight Jan. 12, 1981, looking to rob the joint.

    Officer Walsh, a 36-year-old highly decorated cop with 12 years on the force, was inside wearing a cowboy hat hanging out after his shift.

    What unfolded next was nothing short of a coldblooded “execution,’’ a police official said in a front-page Post article at the time.

    As the hero off-duty officer identified himself as a cop and reached for his gun to try to stop the robbery, Rivera shot him in the shoulder. Rivera then walked over to the officer as he lay helplessly wounded on the floor, pressed his gun to the cop’s head and blasted him again, authorities said.

    “I guess it was just something he felt like doing,’’ the police official said of Rivera.

    The teenage killer spent 39 years behind bars for the cold-blooded killing, before being released in 2019.

    Rivera told The Post that he has since been working with a nonprofit helping to provide the homeless with shelter and food.

    He said his work with the upstate prison-reform committee mainly consists of surveying homeless people about how they may be criminalized just because they are on the streets or over their mental issues.

    “I feel that I’m living my life in a way that I feel is for the betterment of the people around me,’’ said Rivera — who opined to Ithaca Week last month about his post-prison outreach work.

    “I live my life in a way that honors and respects [Officer Walsh’s] memory,” the ex-con told The Post. “That is advocating for people who can’t advocate for themselves.”

    But Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, said it doesn’t matter what kind of feel-good work Rivera does now — he is the last person who should be doling out advice on police reform.

    “It’s outrageous and despicable,’’ the union chief raged to The Post.

    “Not only did this cop-killer get paroled, but now he gets a seat at the table to help dismantle a police department. Did anybody expect him to be fair and open-minded in his review?

    “The entire process has trampled on the ideals that police officers like Robert Walsh upheld. It’s the ultimate disrespect to his service and sacrifice.”

    Cuomo last summer ordered every municipality in the state with a police department to devise a plan reflecting “systemic reform” in the wake of Floyd’s death at the hands of cops in Minneapolis in May.

    Opening statements in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former cop who knelt on the unarmed black man’s neck for nearly 9 minutes, kicked off Monday.

    Cuomo said when announcing the police-reform measure that any local government failing to provide a plan would lose “a significant amount” of state money.

    The upstate “collaborative” of which Rivera is a member did not return repeated messages from The Post seeking comment Monday.


    I might be the ultimate believer here in redemption.

    Yes, he served 39 years in prison(He should have faced an equally savage death for his sin and pleaded to a loving God before it was carried out).

    There is NO WAY this animal should be consulted on anything related to NYPD reform and should stay focused on his own reform.

    Another Cuomo distraction from his own sins...

    My .02
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    Fucking disgusting


      I couldn't finish reading that.
      ANY violation by ANY person of ANY provision of this section is a class A misdemeanor. - NYPL §400.00(15)
      Conspiracy in the sixth degree is a class B misdemeanor. - NYPL §105.00
      ...nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.


        In some other states, he would have been executed for what he did. In NY he gets a job. WTF!


          Yep only in Demoturd states.
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            more like a kick in the balls


              Coming soon. Cuomo replaces water coolers in all station houses with urine dispensers.


                Scumbag fuckin criminal


                  Every single day that Cuomhole wakes up to breath free air, is a slap to police everywhere. Same goes for deblowzio still being mayor. Absolutely disgusting that this has been allowed.


                    Just another big, bright, blinking sign that tells NY’ers what the priorities of this state have become. Our contributions to a safe, hard working, tax paying, law abiding community are less important than pandering to the cop killer demographic and the people who look to them versus us.


                      Who hired the POS to do this job?
                      Had to be someone in gubment
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                        I think it's a slap in the face to humanity that this POS was even freed, and a it's a slap in the face to every taxpayer that we had to fund even a single day of this POS's "rehabilitation".


                          Couldn't' tell if you were talking about that or stripping them of qualified immunity. Both reprehensible. Face it America, your govt. hates you.


                            Liberalism is a... Well you know the rest.
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                              Originally posted by incognito View Post
                              I couldn't finish reading that.
                              Yep, me too.
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