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As New York faces an alarming spike in homicides — including the killings of two NYPD officers last Friday — Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Desi Cuellar is proposing a federal death penalty for the killers convicted cops.

Cuellar’s plan comes amid an alarming nationwide ‘war on policing’ – with at least six officers killed in the line of duty in the US so far in 2022 and others shot, attacked or otherwise targeted by criminals, according to data from the Officer Down Memorial Page.

And this year follows 2021, which was “the deadliest year for law enforcement in history,” according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Republican challenger, Desi Cuellar, has proposed a federal death penalty for convicted cop killers.
(desicuellar.com)

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Cuellar spoke about the recent violence against police in an interview with Fox News Digital.

“What breaks my heart the most is that officers like Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora are heroes – everyone says that, nobody has a problem saying that,” Cuellar said Wednesday. “But it’s a shame that our brave men and women who risk their lives every day to protect us must die before we look up to them or call them heroes.”

Thousands of people attended Rivera’s funeral wake on Thursday afternoon at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan – civilians and officers, with uniformed mourners from as far away as Virginia, Canada, Massachusetts and abroad to pay homage to him. His funeral was scheduled for Friday.

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Hundreds of police waited outside the church in Midtown and observed a moment of silence as Rivera’s casket was carried inside.
(Digital Fox News)

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Mora, whose organ donations will save the lives of five people, is to be buried next week.

Cuellar, an Army National Guardsman and descendant of Cuban refugees who fled Castro’s communist regime, announced his proposal minutes before attending a rally in support of slain officers outside the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, Alvin Bragg, Wednesday.

Bragg’s progressive policies three weeks into his first term as prosecutor have been criticized as soft on crime and blamed for a wave of violence in the borough.

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“The blood of these officers is in the hands of these spineless politicians like AOC, or anybody on city council, or even the mayor right now, unless he does something about it,” he said. Cuellar said, referring to New York’s new mayor, Eric Adams, a Democrat who campaigned on a pro-police platform and himself served in the NYPD. “No one in politics on the left cares about holding back criminals, all they care about is holding back the police.”

“No one in politics on the left cares about holding back criminals, all they care about is holding back the police.”

— Desi Cuellar, AOC Republican challenger

Rivera, 22, and Mora, 27, died of injuries sustained last Friday night when a 47-year-old domestic violence suspect with a stolen .45 caliber handgun ambushed them in the apartment from his mother in Harlem, opening the bedroom door with a barrage of bullets.

“The problem we face today is that the mindset of the modern criminal is one that understands that they will not face serious consequences for their violent actions,” Cuellar said. “And honestly, it feels like we’re getting a lack of action on this crisis from both sides of the aisle. Everyone needs to wake up.”

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Betsy Brantner Smith, a retired police sergeant and spokesperson for the National Police Association, agreed leaders on both sides of the political spectrum could speak out more about the country’s growing crime. She said Republicans could benefit from speaking out on an issue their constituents support.

She also said that although Rivera’s shooting death drew a lot of attention because he was so young and had just married, she hopes people will continue to pay attention to the alarming rise in violence.

“He’s so young,” she said. “Everyone looks at him and thinks, it could be my son, it could be my grandson, my brother.”

If the issue sticks in the minds of voters, it could lead to changes, she said.

“We used to, if you were that kind of criminal, committing horrible violent crimes, at some point you got a long jail term,” Brantner Smith said. “It doesn’t happen as much in many cases.”

Especially in jurisdictions with progressive prosecutors backed by leftist billionaire George Soros, according to critics of no-lease policies and law enforcement officials angered by some prosecutors’ reluctance to prosecute petty crimes.

New York has seen five police shootings in the first four weeks of 2022.

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In Houston, where police were still reeling from the murder of the Harris County Corporal. Charles Galloway over the weekend and the death of Harris County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ramon Gutierrez on Monday after a drunk driver rammed him during a traffic stop, three city police officers were shot dead on Thursday afternoon by a suspect who fled in a white Mercedes but was later apprehended.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request Thursday for comment on policing or crime in the Big Apple – but she did show up at a weekend rally to support the law delivery drivers to take restroom breaks.

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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