A Cop’s Life And Death ➠ The Bravery Of Officer Brian Moore
He did not turn away from his job at a time when to do that job is fraught with even greater peril.
Once again, the city today will bury one of its Finest. This time, the young NYPD police officer’s name is Brian Moore.
Just last December, the names were Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. They were assassinated as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn by Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brimsley, an ex-con with a long rap sheet. Their “crime”? They were cops.
Brimsley, after shooting his girlfriend in Baltimore, had posted online that he would seek revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, two black men who had been in confrontations with police officers.
“I’m putting wings on pigs today,” Brimsley wrote. “They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs.”
He then headed to Brooklyn and in cold blood carried out his vile threat.
The killing of Officer Moore does not appear to have any connection to those deaths, or to the more recent death in police custody of Freddie Gray and the unrest that followed in Baltimore.
No, this was a case of two good cops doing their jobs, trying to make the neighborhood they were assigned to, Queens Village, a safer place for the people who live there — and a thug with other ideas.
It should be noted that these two officers were not dispatched to the scene. They were not, in the police parlance, “handling a job.” No one had called 911 to report a suspicious person or “man with a gun.”
Instead, they were on anti-crime patrol, in plainclothes and driving an unmarked car when they observed Demetrius Blackwell, another ex-con with a long rap sheet (sound familiar?) “adjusting something in his waistband,” according to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.
Officer Moore, with five years on the job, had made more than 150 arrests.
Seeing the suspect’s movements, this experienced cop knew there was a possibility Blackwell had a gun.
Moore and his partner now had to make a decision. More