Saturday, April 17, 2021

Man who executed a cop 40 years ago appointed to reform policing

 Cop killer on police reform board 1 

Queens Chronicle

Off-duty Police Officer Robert Walsh was in a bar near his home on Jan. 12, 1981 when a gang of men entered to rob the place.

Richard Rivera shot Walsh in the shoulder, walked up to him and shot him in the head. Walsh, a 36-year-old husband and father of four, was killed.

Today Rivera sits on a police reform panel for Ithaca and Tompkins County as part of its “Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative.”

“To me, it’s pretty shocking,” former NYPD Commissioner Robert McGuire told the Chronicle Tuesday. McGuire served in the role from 1978 to 1983.

“I’ve heard of police killers getting out of jail,” he said. “I’ve never heard where the person would then go on a panel reviewing police conduct.”

The state granted Rivera parole on his sixth attempt in 2019.

“I tell people, in no uncertain terms, that the system is stacked against them,” he told The Appeal after being released. “You were given a definitive sentence that was imposed upon you with the idea that you will get a meaningful opportunity for release. And then you’re denied over and over again, despite your best efforts.”

Rivera told the New York Post in late March that he didn’t know if Walsh’s family would find his advisory position acceptable.

“I can’t control that. What I can control is the way I’ve been living my life,” he said. “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.”

Walsh’s family does not find it acceptable, calling it “heartbreaking.”

“We cannot believe that such a misguided and irresponsible choice was made,” the family said in a statement. “It is an absolute outrage that anyone even broached the idea of appointing Rivera. That it came to fruition is despicable!”

Rivera was convicted of the slaying in 1982 and served 37 years in prison.

“It was an execution,” First Deputy Police Commissioner William Devine said in 1981. “The officer no longer was a threat to the men. He was given a death sentence for being a police officer.”

Devine added, “It’s ironic that a cop can get a death sentence for being a cop but there are no death penalties for people who kill cops.”

Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) remembered the shooting at the BVD Bar and Grill on Flushing Avenue in Maspeth and said people were “horrified” by the act.

“This was a time in New York City when that was happening a lot,” he said.

Walsh was the third cop shot in the first two weeks of 1981. The other two survived. The year before, there had been 22 cops shot, with 10 killed.

The advisory group Rivera is on was formed after Gov. Cuomo ordered municipalities to submit police-reform plans to the state by April 1 following the 2020 killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

A Tompkins County spokesperson did not respond for this story.

“That’s how absurd this society and this state has become. This guy is a symbol of that,” Holden said of Rivera’s appointment. “What does he know about police reform? Because he was arrested? He killed an officer. That should disqualify him.”



Anonymous said...

The Cornell U Tomkins county crowd think it's better to put people who refuse the VAX in jail and let cop killers out on the street. If only Covid would wipe out the scum who think this way.

Anonymous said...

New York should do us all a favor in the rest of the country and secede. One big insane asylum.

Anonymous said...

One can only hope that when Rivera is in a bar someone returns the favor.

Anonymous said...

May he meet the same fate

Anonymous said...

This is what Castro did in Cuba to clean out the jails, This guy is likely one of them. Only difference is Castro sent his garbage out of his country, to Miami. deBlasio releases them on our streets.
A illegal from ElSalvadore on a bicycle killed a girl on City Island, shot her 1X in the head and the remaining 5 bullets into her when she was on the ground with a 45 revolver.
Her crime? Telling him "no thanks" she didn't need sheetrock & paint work and wasn't interested in him "she had a boyfriend.
The news 12 Bronx (Cablevision Dolan mob) called this scumbag "a foreign national"
Some City shrink said the accused is a nice guy when he takes his medication

Anonymous said...

TRUTH is the ENEMY of the mainstream media.

Anonymous said...

Says it’s name- White Genocide

Anonymous said...

The school system and tv has distorted and brain washed most people.

Unknown said...

Guy should have been roasted in Old Sparky 30 years ago.

Liberals are moral imbeciles.

Anonymous said...

So... He dedicates his life to helping the homeless who are stuck in a loop of incarceration, after nearly 40 years in jail for something he did while he was 16, and the commenters here are angry that the government has asked him to tell them what he is seeing while he does so? 🙄🙄🙄