Washington, DC – The widow of slain Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh publicly thanked President Donald Trump for supporting the law enforcement community during the Annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Wednesday (video below).
President Trump invited Anamika Singh, her infant son, and other members of Cpl. Singh’s family onto the stage during the service on Capitol Hill.
Although Anamika had previously told the President that she did not wish to speak during the service, she changed her mind just as her family began to walk away from the podium.
“It’s something I didn’t get to do at the office,” the widow said, as she faced him with her baby in her arms. “I actually want to thank you personally…you’re the only one that actually reached out and…gave your condolence to the family.”
But appreciation for the President’s support extended far beyond her own family, Anamika explained.
“It actually means a lot to all of our law enforcement families that are here [to honor] the sacrifice my husband and his brothers in blue and sisters in blue have committed,” she said, breaking down into tears.
“I want to thank you [for] that,” she said.
Anamika said that the friends and loved ones of those killed in the line of duty want to know that those responsible for their deaths will be held accountable.
“Every family sitting out here wants justice,” she said. “And that’s what I want for my husband.”
President Trump also shared several other stories about the heroic actions of law enforcement officers during his speech, CBS News reported.
"On Peace Officers Memorial Day and throughout Police Week, we express our unending gratitude to our Nation's law enforcement officers,” President Trump said in his proclamation, according to CBS News. “Those brave men and women selflessly confront danger to protect our families and defend our communities.”
“We also honor those in blue who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty,” he continued. “We are especially mindful of the tremendous sacrifices of the 106 heroes who laid down their lives last year while protecting their communities."
“Today we renew our solemn oath that we will never forget,” he vowed.
President Trump, a longtime supporter of law enforcement, said that those convicted of killing police officers should “get the death penalty,” and stressed the need to tighten border security in order to curb illegal immigration and crime.
Cpl. Singh’s accused killer, 32-year-old Gustavo Perez Arriaga, is an illegal immigrant, has self-promoted his status as a member of the Sureno street gang, and has two prior drunk driving convictions in Madera County, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson told reporters in December.
"This suspect, unlike Ron – who immigrated to this country lawfully and legally to pursue his lifelong career of public safety, public service and being a police officer – this suspect is in our country illegally. He doesn't belong here. He's a criminal," Sheriff Christianson said.
Cpl. Singh, 33, was murdered in the line of duty the day after Christmas in 2018, after he checked out on a traffic stop at 12:57 a.m. with a DUI suspect later identified as Arriaga.
Just moments later, Cpl. Singh radioed there had been “shots fired” at the scene, and officers from multiple agencies immediately responded to his location.
"It was a gunfight," Sheriff Christianson said during a press conference. "Cpl. Singh absolutely tried to defend himself and stop this credible threat."
They found Cpl. Singh suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Arriaga fled the scene in a gray Dodge Ram pickup prior to other officers’ arrival, leading to a two-day manhunt.
He was apprehended in Bakersfield as he was attempting to flee to Mexico, Sheriff Christianson told reporters.
Seven other suspects accused of aiding the self-proclaimed Sureno street gang member in his attempt to escape from the United States have also been arrested.
They include the accused cop-killer’s brothers, 25-year-old Adrian Virgen, and 34-year-old Conrado Virgen Cervantes, and Arriaga’s coworker, 27-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz.
Ana Leyde Cervantes, 30, Erasmo Villegas, 36, Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda, 59, and Maria Luisa Moreno, 57, have also been arrested for aiding and abetting Arriaga.
You can watch Anamika addressing the President in the video below: