里维拉, 22, 星期五晚上在哈莱姆区因家庭纠纷而被枪杀. 他的搭档, 威尔伯特·莫拉, 27, 受重伤住院.
“当我申请成为警察时, I knew this was the career for me,” Rivera wrote in a “Why I Became a Police Officer” letter to the commissioner of the NYPD’s training academy reviewed by the Post.
“Coming from an immigrant family, I will be the first to say that I am a member of the NYPD, the greatest police force in the world,” the then-rookie officer wrote.
Rivera grew up in Inwood, a neighborhood on the northernmost part of Manhattan when “the community’s relationship between the police and community was not great” — about a decade into New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk program, 他解释.
The now-deceased officer went on to describe what he witnessed as an effort by police to change their policies and keep communities safe in a “chaotic city.”
“Something as small as helping a tourist with directions, or helping a couple resolve an issue will put a smile on someone’s face,” Rivera wrote, 根据邮报.
嫌疑人拉肖恩麦克尼尔, 47, is accused of shooting both Rivera and Mora from an apartment bedroom in Harlem after the officers arrived at the location where they were responding to a domestic dispute call.
McNeil was shot by a third NYPD officer after the suspect opened fire, 据警察. He remained in critical condition early Saturday, 警察说, after correcting an earlier police report claiming he had died at the scene.