Donald Trump Calls Slain Cop’s Widow
One of President-elect Donald Trump’s first actions as President-Elect was to personally call the widow of New York Police Department Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo’s widow. A funeral was held that day, and thousands of policies officers came to pay tribute to the fallen Finest at his funeral. “I’m very sorry I cannot be there with you today. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time,” Trump told the grieving woman, according to a source. “I want to express my condolences from me and my family.”
Tuozzolo, a married father of two, was shot and killed last week by 35-year-old ex-con Manuel Rosales. Tuozzolo had been responding to a report of a break-in. According to the New York Post, “Thousands of cops gathered on Long Island on Thursday for Tuozzolo’s funeral. A line of officers extended for nearly a mile as a hearse carrying his flag-draped casket made its way to St. Charles & Resurrection Cemetery in East Farmingdale for his interment.
Other officials have expressed their sympathies as well. New York Governor Mario Cuomo made a statement for the slaying, saying, “Every day, the brave men and women of law enforcement selflessly serve our communities to keep the rest of us safe. Today, a sergeant in the New York City Police Department has made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, and another officer is undergoing treatment. My deepest sympathies are with the families of the officers involved in today’s tragedy in the Bronx, and with Commissioner O’Neill and the NYPD as they cope with the loss of one of their own.”
The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said, “The city is in mourning and the family of the NYPD is in mourning, particularly all the men and the women of the 43rd Precinct, who lost a good man, a man who committed his life to protecting all of us.” Elsewhere, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. remarked, “This heartbreaking incident puts into clear focus both the difficulties our police officers face every day and the true scourge of guns and gun violence faced by our police, our communities and our nation.”
Trump has been a vocal supporter of the NYPD, even mentioning them in his victory speech Tuesday night. “Law enforcement in New York City. They are here tonight. They are spectacular people,” he said. “Sometimes underappreciated, unfortunately — but we appreciate them.”