Trump to attend wake of murdered New York police officer

By Nathan Layne and Tim Reid

(Reuters) – Former US president Donald Trump plans to attend the wake Thursday for a New York City police officer who was shot and killed during a traffic stop earlier this week in a killing that drew national attention.

Trump, the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, has made support for law enforcement a central focus of his campaign to defeat Democrats. President Joe Biden in the November elections, which promise to be close and deeply divisive.

“President Trump is moved by the invitation to join the family and colleagues of NYPD Officer Jonathan Diller as they cope with his tragic and senseless death,” the spokeswoman said. the Trump campaign, Karoline Leavitt, in a statement.

The New York Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment or confirmation of Trump’s presence at the wake, which is scheduled to take place in Massapequa on Long Island, east of New York.

Diller, a three-year veteran of the force, was fatally shot under his body armor during a traffic stop Monday in the New York borough of Queens. Two suspects were arrested, according to media reports.

During his campaign rallies, Trump often seeks to portray crime as out of control in the United States and blame it on Biden, even though data shows that violent crime in the country is at one of the highest rates low for decades.

Trump, who faces four criminal trials as he runs for president, peppers his campaign speeches with promises to restore “law and order” and strengthen protections for officers facing litigation over their on-the-job conduct .

At the same time, he frequently attacks New York State Attorney General Letitia James for filing a civil suit against him for fraud, and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for prosecuting him for alleged hush money payments to a porn star, and other prosecutors for cases. against him.

Trump posted a tribute to Diller, 31, on his Truth Social platform on Tuesday.

“To Officer Diller’s family and all other brave people…

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