Hochul’s Fast Departure Sparks Applause At Diller Wake

As New York and the nation mourn the death of NYPD officer Jonathan Diller, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s (D) brief appearance at his wake Friday afternoon ended with her swift departure after a brief confrontation. As Hochul beat a path away from the service for the fallen public servant at the Massapequa Funeral Home on Long Island, some in the crowd applauded her departure.

Hochul made her visit during the second day of viewing for Officer Diller, a hero tragically slain in the line of duty. Her stay, lasting only about ten minutes, ended as she was confronted by an emotional mourner. This confrontation, captured on video, concluded with the governor retreating to her vehicle as the applause that was heard came in part from some of the law enforcement personnel at the scene.

This reaction underscores a deep-seated frustration within the NYPD and broader law enforcement community toward city and state politicians. Vincent J. Vallelong, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, had previously issued a stark warning to city politicians, urging them to refrain from attending the services. He described their presence as “a stain on the legacy of a true hero,” pointing to the broader context of political decisions that have impacted the police force and public safety.

The wake also saw President Donald Trump paying his respects, with a reception that contrasted sharply with the one given to Hochul. Trump, who spent considerable time with the grieving family, spoke to the need for a return to law and order in the face of rising crime and the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers.

The circumstances surrounding Officer Diller’s death have reignited discussions on criminal justice policies, particularly bail reform. Critics argue that such policies have contributed to a cycle of repeat offenses and put law enforcement and the public at greater risk. Diller’s killer, with a history of 21 prior arrests, stands as the latest sad example of the cost of progressive soft-on-crime policies.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) reflected on the tragedy by emphasizing the need for the state government to aggressively tackle recidivism and bail reform issues.

Hochul’s clumsy attempt at a public relations opportunity is emblematic of the wide break between New York’s elitist political class and the rank-and-file law enforcement community. As Hochul fled the scene, the applause from officers and bystanders reflected a deep-seated desire for policies recognizing the sacrifices officers like Jonathan Diller make daily.