The Keep It Quiet Hezitorial
YONKERS, NY — August 13, 2019 — Yonkers Police Department (YPD) got a call from a woman at about 3am this morning regarding an unresponsive male at a Shoreview Drive address. The man was located and was deemed deceased upon their arrival at the scene. YPD asserted they would issue no further information other than the death was self-inflicted, and that they were collaborating with the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office.
It seems that Yonkers Police Department continues to live in the dark ages, unwilling to divulge what they know in a credible manner. It is such conduct that YPD has yet to recognize undermines their integrity and credibility as a department. YPD believes the outreach effort of a Cup of Joe ameliorates all issues and sins. Yonkersites know full well that YPD suffers from drug overdoses, but like suicide in the department, YPD prefers to bury the truth. Yonkers has yet to learn whatever happened to YPD Officer MacDonough. Read the July 25, 2019 lede … BLUE TRUTH: Where’s Yonkers Police Officer Robert McDonough By HEZI ARIS (https://www.yonkerstribune.com/2019/07/blue-truth-wheres-yonkers-police-officer-robert-mcdonough-by-hezi-aris)
Cover-up is evidently the demeanor one can expect under the leadership of newly appointed Acting Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller. YPD chooses to hide and obfuscate telling what is the public’s right to know. This is juxtaposed to the enlightened conduct of the NYPD who would rather contend with concerns such as suicide, drug addiction, substance abuse, among other concerns, than bury their head in the sand as ostriches are ascribed to do; I do not believe ostriches exhibit such behavior. When I visited Oudtshoorn, South Africa, the “ostrich capital of the world”, that behavior was never mentioned. Definitely not Oudtshoorn, RSA, but seemingly so in Yonkers, NY, by none other than Acting Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller.
YPD chooses not to mention the now deceased 35-year-old officer Johnny Rios by name. Why? He was a seven-year department veteran assigned to the 50th Precinct, in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, but who had been temporarily assigned to a detail around Yankee Stadium.
He shot himself around 3am in the Yonkers home he shared with his fiancée and her children. The fiancée made the call from the house. It was unclear if the kids were there as well. It was evident he self-inflicted the lethal shot. He left a suicide note informing of his intentioned conduct.
Johnny Rios will be missed. May his fiancée and her children gain support from family and friends in light of the demons from which he must have suffered.
May He Rest In Peace! He will not be forgotten.