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Mayor Adams clashes with ‘woke’ defense lawyer who downplays Officer Diller’s murder

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Mayor Eric Adams took aim at a woke criminal defense lawyer who downplayed the murder of Police Officer Jonathan Diller as a “rare occurrence” — and instead focused on cops who have “killed” citizens.

Olayemi Olurin, a self-described “movement” lawyer and “abolitionist thinker,” appeared with Adams on iHeartMedia’s “The Breakfast Club” with hosts Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy in a segment that aired on Friday morning.

Olurin began by labeling Adams a “fearmonger” — as she defended the controversial cashless bail law, arguing that most freed defendants aren’t rearrested.

“I’m not talking about bail,” Adams shot back.

“In the same breath that you want to sensationalize, we want to highlight and point out how an officer was killed the other day, which is a rare occurrence across the United States but let alone in New York, New York police officers have killed at least seven people this year, including a 19-year-old,” Olurin said.

She was referring to a 19-year-old man experiencing a “mental crisis” who was shot dead by NYPD cops when he allegedly charged at them with a pair of scissors inside a Queens apartment Wednesday afternoon.

Adams appeared taken aback that Olurin minimized Diller’s death.

“I’m not going to dismiss the loss of a life of an innocent person that wears a uniform,” Adams said.

“But you do the 31 people that died at Rikers,” said Olurin.

There have been three deaths at the Rikers Island jail complex this year and 25 combined in the prior two years.

Follow The Post’s complete coverage of fallen NYPD Officer Diller’s wake

Adams then suggested that Olurin might want to walk back what could be perceived as an insensitive comment regarding Diller’s fatal shooting during a traffic stop in Queens Monday evening, allegedly at the hands of 34-year-old career criminal Guy Rivera.

Follow The Post’s complete coverage of fallen NYPD Officer Diller’s wake

“I don’t want to take you out of context and I don’t want people to all of a sudden criticize that you’re being dismissive of a young man being shot and killed,” the mayor said.

But the lawyer doubled down.

“Mayor Adams, that’s not gonna work on me,” Olurin said.

You can help Officer Jonathan Diller’s 1-year-old son via the Silver Shield Foundation, which will help fund his future education. Diller, 31, was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Queens, leaving behind his wife, Stephanie, and baby Ryan.

The Silver Shield Foundation was launched in 1982 by late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for the families of NYPD officers and FDNY firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty.

You can make a contribution at or send it to: Silver Shield Foundation, 870 UN Plaza, 1st Floor, New York, NY 10017.

“Listen, I’m not trying to work anything on you. I lost a member of the police department. The same way I go to see a mother of an 11-month-old baby that was shot in the head when I first became mayor and I sat in the hospital with her, the same way I go visit these mothers that lose their children to gun violence, I go see them,” Adams responded.

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