The mulatto cop-killer married a fat white woman while in prison
He certainly qualifies as an expert.
A man who shot dead a police officer at a bar in Queens in 1981 is now working with state police on the subject of police reform.
Richard Rivera murdered officer and father-of-four Robert Walsh, in what was described as an ‘execution-style’ killing. Walsh was off-duty at the time and having a drink at the bar after completing his shift.
Having spent 38 years behind bars for the crime, Rivera was released in 2019 and now sits on an advisory group for Ithaca and Tompkins County in upstate New York as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ‘Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative.’
The group was set up after Cuomo ordered municipalities to submit police-reform plans to the state by the start of April in the wake of George Floyd’s death last May.
Upon announcing the police-reform measure, he noted that local government failing to provide a plan would lose ‘a significant amount’ of state money.
‘I know people are going to be critical,’ Rivera, 56, told The New York Post. ‘I don’t know if [Walsh’s] family would find this acceptable. 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.’
Rivera was 16 in January 1981 at the time of Walsh’s murder when he and four others walked into the BVD Bar and Grill in Maspeth just after midnight looking to rob the place.
Officer Walsh, 36, who had served on the force for 12 years was at the bar wearing his cowboy hat after his shift, having a drink with a colleague before heading home.
He was a highly decorated officer and had received 20 awards and commendations.
Just as the robbery kicked off, Walsh identified himself as a cop and went for his gun in an attempt to stop the robbery.
But Rivera fired first and shot him in the shoulder knocking him to the ground.
As he lay on the floor, Rivera walked over to him and put his gun against the officer’s head before pulling the trigger again.
‘It was an execution,’ said William J. Devine, first deputy police commissioner in 1981. ‘The officer no longer was a threat to the men. He was given a death sentence for being a police officer.’
Rivera was arrested along with the others involved in the crime two days later.
One of officer Walsh’s son’s abhorred the decision to have Rivera play any role in the future of the police.
‘We’re completely shocked that the man who murdered my father is being trusted to create police reforms,’ Robert Walsh Jr., 47, said to the Post.
‘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.’
It’s a view that is shared by Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association.
‘It’s outrageous and despicable,’ the union chief said. ‘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.’
Maybe the cops should be less worried about “white racists” and more worried about the people who give them orders.
But it seems the cops are totally committed to doing whatever they’re told, no matter how much disrespect the people who tell them to do things show them.
The Derek Chauvin trial is happening this week, and a lot of people are watching it, thinking it is some race battle. But the reality is that Chauvin would have beaten up and arrested white people who were called racists, he would have attacked women on the street in front of their children for not wearing masks.
The psychology of the cop is interesting, probably, but we have enough evidence now that on the whole, none of them will stand up against the power.
I’m sure some of them are okay. But thus far, after an entire summer of riots, we don’t have a single case of an active duty police officer coming out and refusing to be a part of that spectacle. Maybe there is one I missed, I don’t know, but even if there is one, it’s just the exception that proves the rule.
Cops will do anything they’re told.
If they’re told they have to honor a cop-killer, they’ll do that.