A deceased NYPD officer is honored by his peers and another officer is in critical condition after the shooting

And as investigators learn more about Friday’s shooting that killed officer Jason Rivera and left another officer in critical condition, the city’s new mayor has pledged to return to controversial police tactics in the purpose of ensuring people’s safety.
Rivera, 22, was fatally shot while responding to a domestic incident in Harlem on Friday night. A second officer, Wilbert Mora, 27, remained in critical condition Sunday after the operation, the New York Police Department said, and has been transfered from Harlem Hospital to NYU Langone Medical Center.

The suspected shooter, Lashawn McNeil, was listed in critical condition, the NYPD told CNN on Friday. McNeil attempted to run but was confronted by a third officer at the scene and was struck by two bullets, police said.

As city officials work to stem a recent spike in violent crime highlighted by Friday’s shooting, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said he plans to bring police units back to civilian – a practice ended in 2020 that had come under scrutiny for its ties to stop-search and frisk policies – is on the move.

“Immediately, we will reinstate a newer version of … a modified plainclothes anti-weapons unit. I talked about it during the election campaign. Our team has done the proper analysis and now we are going to deploy it. Adams told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday.

Details of the new unit have yet to be released, but NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell has asked precinct commanders to screen candidates, a city official said Sunday.

Those chosen would receive specific training, the official said, and the unit’s objective would be to remove illegal weapons from circulation.

The weapon used in Friday’s shooting, a Glock 45, was stolen in Baltimore in 2017 and had a high-capacity magazine that could hold up to 40 additional rounds, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig.
Five NYPD officers have been shot since the new year, police said, with Rivera being the first fatality. Flags on all buildings administered by the city have been lowered half staff on weekends.
Police officers locked down the scene after two NYPD officers were shot in Harlem on January 21 in New York

Officer wanted to improve community relations

Rivera, who entered the police academy on Nov. 2, 2020, according to a source with knowledge of the officer’s records, said his first-hand experience with the controversial “stop and frisk” policy and the department’s efforts to strengthen community relations eventually propelled him to join the department.
“I remember one day when I saw my brother being pulled over and searched,” Rivera wrote in an undated letter to his commanding officer that was written while he was at the police academy. “I wondered, why are we stopped if we are in a taxi,” Rivera wrote.
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Rivera said her Inwood community disagreed with the NYPD but soon saw the department make efforts to change its ways, according to the letter obtained by CNN.

“Over time, I have seen the NYPD push to change police-community relations,” Rivera wrote. “That’s when I realized I wanted to be part of the men in blue; to improve the relationship between the community and the police.”

The stop-and-frisk policy was ruled unconstitutional in 2013, and former mayor Bill de Blasio dropped an appeal of the city’s decision in 2014. Critics argued the practice disproportionately targeted people of color.

Rivera wrote that he was so moved by the NYPD’s efforts for change that he wanted to be the first person in his family to become a police officer in what he called “the greatest police force in the world.”

“When I applied to become a police officer, I knew this was the career for me,” Rivera said.

New York Mayor Eric Adams speaks to members of the media at Harlem Hospital on January 21 in New York City.

City on edge following the attacks

Officials in multiple jurisdictions were quick to announce efforts to better handle a recent surge in violent crime after Friday’s shooting.

An interstate task force made up of federal, state and local law enforcement officials from nine northeastern states is scheduled to meet Wednesday to work on how to curb the flow of illegal firearms, according to the office of the New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

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Mayor Adams told CNN he intends to roll out a broader anti-violence plan this week that will address “the underlying reasons why you see crime” in New York, including issues institutions such as education.

“We have to come to grips with these laws that are unrealistic to understand what’s happening on the ground,” Adams said Sunday.

“We need to stop the flow of guns. We’re taking thousands of guns off our streets, and it seems like for every gun we take off the streets, five come in. That’s unacceptable,” he said. .

The city’s crime rate has been on the rise in recent months, although not nearly where it was in the early 1990s. In November, the most recent month for which the city released data, the crime rate rose 21.3% from the same period last year, according to the NYPD.

In addition to gun violence, the city is also dealing with the recent subway attacks. A 62-year-old man suffered minor injuries after being pushed onto subway tracks in Lower Manhattan on Sunday, according to the NYPD.

The unnamed victim, who came into contact with the lead car while it was on the tracks, was taken to hospital where she was treated for a laceration in her leg, police said. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, the NYPD said.

Sunday’s incident followed a similar incident on January 15 in which a 40-year-old woman was killed after being pushed past an oncoming subway train. Police said it was a random attack and the suspect was charged with second degree murder after turning himself in to police less than an hour later.

“These incidents are unacceptable and must stop,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber said in a statement.

“I don’t want to tell people that they should stand on subway platforms and feel like they’re, you know, in mortal danger,” Lieber said in an interview with CNN affiliate WABC. Sunday. “But everyone should keep clear of the edge of the platform.”

The city will work to pair mental health professionals with police personnel to respond to incidents in the subway system, Adams said.

CNN’s Mark Morales, Brynn Gingras, Shimon Prokupecz, Kiely Westhoff, Rob Frehse, Dakin Andone, Aya Elamroussi and Niah Humphrey contributed to this report.

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