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Show of force: Thousands of police pay respects to slain Bronx officer

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Thousands of “members of the force” lined Fifth Avenue outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday at the wake of Police Officer Wilbert Mora.

Mora, 27, and his partner, Jason Rivera, 22, died after being ambushed by a heavily armed gunman as the officers, who were both Latino, reponded to a domestic incident in the Bronx.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan exited St. Patrick’s after the wake, with Officer Wilbert Mora’s coffin behind him. (Photo by Q. Sakamaki)
Pallbearers carried Officer Wilbert Mora’s coffin out of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, after which it was taken to a cemetery for Mora’s burial. (Photo by Q. Sakamaki)

Among the officials, present and past, at the wake was former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The Trump lawyer and infamous 2020 election-results denier was accompanied by his son, Andrew Giuliani, 35. The younger Giuliani plans to run for New York governor in the Republican primary election in June.

Thousands of police, including from out of town, lined the street outside the Midtown house of worship at Officer Mora’s wake. (Photo by Q. Sakamaki)
Some civilians held up signs supporting the police. (Photo by Q. Sakamaki)

A week before Mora’s wake at St. Patrick’s, one was held there for Rivera. Anti-police activists have criticized the large gatherings of officers at the two events. The New York Post reported that Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon tweeted it shows that so many cops aren’t really needed around the city to keep it safe, while another actress complained on TikTok that the horde of cops was blocking traffic.

Police came to pay their respects to the fallen officer. (Photo by Q. Sakamaki)
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his son Andrew Giuliani, beside him, were on hand for the event. (Photo by Q. Sakamaki)
A sea of police filled the street outside St. Patrick’s. (Photo by Q. Sakamaki)

For their part, police and their supporters say they’re showing solidarity amid a wave of gun violence and cop shootings that is gripping the city.

President Biden will visit New York City on Thursday to talk with Mayor Adams about combating crime and gun violence.


  1. Gojira Gojira February 4, 2022

    WHY would you include a picture of that monster Ghouliani in the article?!? He tried to dismantle our democracy! Shame on you!

    • The Village Sun The Village Sun Post author | February 4, 2022

      Q. Sakamaki sent this batch of photos. He said he tried to make Giuliani look as bad as possible, which admittedly is not hard to do. More to the point, it’s a news story, Giuliani was there, the photographer got a photo of him.

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