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Thursday, October 11, 2007

NYPD Officer Suarez says NO LENIENCY for DV Officer who knowingly married a felon

Plea Deal Ok With Shot Cop
New York Post
By Alex Ginsberg
October 11, 2007 -- A Brooklyn cop wounded in an early-morning shootout said yesterday he was at peace with a plea deal that will put the gunman away for 16 years - but hopes the shooter's cop-wife gets the maximum sentence for allegedly aiding her do-wrong husband. "Under the law, I'm satisfied with it right now," Officer Andrew Suarez told The Post minutes after watching the man who tried to kill him, 31-year-old Jose Rivera, plead guilty to second-degree attempted murder. Suarez, who was shot in the arm Feb. 10, said he hoped the DA would not be as lenient with Jacqueline Melendez-Rivera, the shooter's wife, who is charged with helping hide his bullet-riddled car.

NYPD officer's husband pleads guilty
NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer's husband has admitted he shot another officer -- a crime the gunman's wife is accused of trying to conceal. Jose Rivera, 31, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder Wednesday and received a 16-year sentence. He could have faced up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted of a first-degree attempted murder... Police said that soon after the shooting, they found Melendez-Rivera behind the wheel of a sport-utility vehicle involved in the crime. She told officers she was moving the SUV to a new parking space. Her lawyer has said she was unaware of the shooting and cooperated with police once she learned of it. Melendez-Rivera, 37, is free on $50,000 bond. She has been suspended from her job as a domestic violence officer.

From February:

A Crisis of Family and Badge
February 19, 2007
Corrections Appended
Jacqueline Melendez Rivera is a police officer but not, she says, a traitor to her badge. She is simply a woman, she says, who, concerned about protecting her family, became caught unaware in the aftermath of a crime... She met Mr. Rivera in March 2003... That he was on parole and had served four and a half years in prison for shooting a man in 1996 had never been an issue, she said. “We all make mistakes. I put it aside. I didn’t care about it. He paid his price,” she said. “Who you were 10 years ago is not who you are now”... Officer Rivera admits having sharply mixed feelings about her husband, among them rage, disappointment and heartbreak. She said her dream was to return to her job on the force...


  1. I deleted the two comments and won't post the new one I just received. Anyone can say anything on the internet and it's not fair. Whatever issues you have with the officer have to be taken up formally not anonymously.

  2. She married a monster and now he’s out of jail I know he’s a monster because he tried to kill me


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