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Criminal failure


To the editor:

Police Officer Jonathan Diller did not have to die.

Career criminal Guy Rivera, who had previous felony convictions, was arrested for possessing a firearm last year.

Persons who have been convicted of a “crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year,” as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(20), are prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms under federal law.

Had the U.S. Attorney's office or The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives charged Rivera, he would have been in a federal lockup facing a 10-year term.

Publicity might incentivize the government to enforce its own laws.

Bill Herbert

The writer is a retired NYPD officer


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