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He shot and fatally killed an NYPD cop in a Queens bar decades ago, and now Richard Rivera is helping police reform in New York State as part of a government plan initiated by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Police killer who killed off-duty officer and father of four, Robert Walsh in 1981, sits on a committee in Ithaca and Tompkins counties as part of its Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative.

The advisory group was formed after Cuomo ordered communities to submit police reform plans to the state by April 1 after George Floyd’s death.

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“I know people will be critical,” Rivera, 56, homeless, told the Post Monday when asked about the committee’s possible reaction to him.

“I don’t know if [Walsh’s] family would find it acceptable,” he said. “I can’t control it. What I can control is how I have lived my life.

“I keep Agent Walsh’s memory at the highest level of vigilance in relation to a community watchdog, someone who cares for the community.”

But one of the killed officer’s sons said Rivera no longer needed to wonder what the family thought, he was disgusted with the ex-con’s position on the advisory board.

“We are absolutely shocked that the man who killed my father is handed over to police reform,” Robert Walsh Jr., 47, told the Post via a rep.

“My father dedicated his life to serving and protecting New Yorkers. He’s supposed to be on a panel to redefine surveillance, but he’ll never get that chance. ”

Rivera was 16 when he and four other teenagers donned gun mask masks and headed to the BVD Bar and Grill in Maspeth shortly after midnight on January 12, 1981 to steal the seal.

Officer Walsh, a highly decorated 36-year-old cop with 12 years of service, was inside wearing a cowboy hat after his shift.

What happened next was nothing less than a cold-blooded “execution,” a policeman then said in a front-page article in the Post.

When the off-duty hero identified himself as a cop and took his gun to stop the theft, Rivera shot him in the shoulder. Rivera then approached the officer as he lay helpless and wounded on the ground, pressing his gun against the officer’s head and detonating him again, authorities said.

“I think it was something I wanted to do,” Rivera’s officer said.

The teenage killer spent 39 years behind bars for the cold-blooded murder before being released in 2019.

Rivera told the Post that he has since worked with a non-profit organization to provide housing and food for the homeless.

He said his job with the Northern State Prison Reform Committee is primarily to interview homeless people about how they might be criminalized just because they are on the street or because of their mental health problems.

“I feel like I’m living my life the way I see it for the sake of those around me,” said Rivera, who commented on Ithaca Week last month about her post-jail public relations work.

“I live my life in a way that honors and respects [Agent Walsh’s] memory,” the former scammer told The Post. “He is a supporter of people who cannot defend themselves.”

But Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, said whatever social welfare work Rivera is currently doing, he will be the last person to offer advice on police reform.

“He is scandalous and despicable,” angered the local union leader.

“This killer cop has not only been tested, but now he has a seat at the table to help dismantle a police station. Did anyone expect them to be fair and open-minded during the exam?

“The whole process broke the ideals held by police officers like Robert Walsh. It is the utmost contempt for their service and sacrifice. ”

Last summer, Cuomo ordered all municipalities in the state with a law enforcement agency to come up with a plan that reflected “system reform” following Floyd’s death at the hands of the police in Minneapolis in May.

On Monday began the opening speech of the trial against Derek Chauvin, the former white policeman kneeling by the neck of the unarmed Negro for almost 9 minutes.

 

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