New York City police officer Jason Rivera was gunned down in the line of duty earlier this week when responding to a domestic disturbance call.
His funeral was held today at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC and was attended by NYC Mayor Eric Adams, as well as hundreds of police officers.
Rivera's wife, Dominique Luzuriaga, gave a heartbreaking eulogy at the funeral on Friday and every second is worth watching:
It's so gut-wrenching to watch.
Around the nine-minute mark of the full eulogy, Dominique uses the platform she's been given to speak her mind by criticizing the progressive Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, whose soft-on-crime policy has contributed to the current crime wave.
And although you won't be here anymore, I want you to live through me.
The system continues to fail us. We are not safe anymore. Not even the members of the service.
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.
[Audience erupts into a 35 second standing ovation]
I'm sure all of our blue family is tired too. But I promise, we promise that your death won't be in vain.
I love you to the end of time. We'll take the watch from here.
Hopefully, Manhattan's DA will see this video. His policies of not prosecuting crimes like shoplifting under $1,000 and not prosecuting resisting arrest have made the job of policing almost impossible, and extremely dangerous.
There was something beautiful about this tragic moment, however: the sight of a literal sea of officers who flooded Fifth Ave. to celebrate the life and mourn the death of their fallen brother.
Although the loss of a great man, a loved man, and a man who gave his life to the NYPD is heart wrenching – the love and support he was shown today can lift even the heaviest spirit.
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