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Young officer slain in Harlem joined to help 'chaotic city'

New York Police identified fallen officer as Jason Rivera.
Posted at 11:49 PM, Jan 22, 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — The 22-year-old New York City police officer who was shot to death while responding to a call in a Harlem apartment once wrote that he joined the force to make a difference in the “chaotic city.”

A copy of a letter Jason Rivera wrote in 2020 to his commanding officer was obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.

Rivera and Officer Wilbert Mora were shot Friday night while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son. Mora was wounded.

The man police say shot them also was wounded. He has been identified as Lashawn McNeil.