A society that mercilessly demonizes the policing profession risks dissuading men and women from taking the noble path of public service as police officers
On Friday, January 21st, two young NYPD officers, Jason Rivera, 22, and Wilbert Mora, 27, were fatally shot in the line of duty. Rivera and Mora were among three officers who responded to a domestic disturbance reported by the mother of the man that shot them—a repeat offender whom the third officer on-scene (27 year-old rookie Sumit Sulan) shot and killed.
The alleged murderer’s mother has since expressed regret and sorrow for her son’s actions, telling the New York Post earlier this week that she regretted ever calling 911.
The mother’s comments immediately brought to mind the 2004 double murder of NYPD detectives Robert Parker and Patrick Rafferty, who were also shot and killed by a repeat offender after responding to a domestic disturbance call placed by the murderer’s mother, who, two days after the shooting was also quoted in the New York Post, as being "deeply sorry" to have called police to her home.
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