[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It was a heartbreaking day on Friday as 30,000 of law enforcement, stretching a mile outside the St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, Long Island, gathered to pay their final respects for NYPD officer Brian Moore. The crowd, representing agencies across the nation from Boston to Chicago as well as Los Angeles along with hundreds of other people, came to show support for the NYPD.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Officer Moore was shot in the face last Saturday by ex-con Demetrius Blackwell, 35. Moore along with his partner Erik Jansen stopped the suspect after noticing Blackwell adjusting his waistband. While behind the wheel of an unmarked cop car, Moore drove up next to him and asked, “Do you have something in your waist?” With little hope to defend themselves, Moore was hit in his forehead with the bullet exiting the opposite side of the face according to police sources. Two days later, Moore passed away and Blackwell remains held without bail on a charge of first-degree murder.
Around 11a.m, the funeral proceeded as eight uniformed pallbearers lifted Moore’s casket inside the church as bagpipes played “Amazing Grace.” The lines of white-gloved officers stretched about a mile long, standing in salute during the two-hour public farewell.
Officer Brian Moore, a 25 year old young promising officer, dreamed of following in his father’s footstep of being a cop. Moore came from a family of police officers where his father and uncle are retired sergeants and three cousins are also police officers. Moore, a five-year veteran, built up a record of more than 150 arrests and earned medals for his meritorious service. “He just couldn’t wait to be old enough to join the force,” Mayor Bill de Blasio shared at the funeral as he told the story of how Moore took the police exam at the age of 17.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who spoke at the funeral, choked back tears as he promoted Moore to Detective First Grade. “And so with great honor and great sadness, I posthumously promote Police Officer Brian Moore, shield 469, to Detective First Grade, New York City Police Department,” Bratton said. The crowd gathered outside watched the Commissioner’s eulogy proceeding on the large screen and gave loud applause after hearing of Moore’s promotion.
The detective shield was shown during the funeral with the No. 9002, following in line after Officer Ramos and his partner Liu who posthumously received No 9000 and 9001. “I hope the 9000 series never sees another— but that is an idle hope.” Bratton said
“Not only did Moore dream of being a cop, he also dreamed of catching bad guys and taking them off the streets.” Bratton said
As one person who knew Moore told the commissioner, Bratton recalled, “he never showed up at work with the ‘why do I have to be here puss?’”
Behind the badge was a jokester with an infectious smile, Bratton said. “We need more like him, we all need to be more like him,” the commissioner added.
Moore’s death comes at a time of great challenge where officers across this country face criticism. Bratton said, “We are increasingly bearing the brunt of loud criticism. We cannot be defined by that criticism. Because what is lost in the shouting and the rhetoric is the context of what we do. A handful of incidents — fewer than a dozen — have wrongfully come to represent the hundreds of millions of interactions cops across the country have every year, when they help and protect, when they offer security and succor.”
The past year has been difficult for police officers to do the job they love as protesters accuse the whole police force of using ‘excessive force’ against blacks. New York police officers are personally being made victims of this loud criticism as two of their own were gunned down in Brooklyn just days before Christmas. Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were assassinated by a man who targeted the police in retaliation for events that occurred in Ferguson and New York City.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Mayor de Blasio spoke in a low voice saying Officer Moore was a rising star. “In a few short years, he had made it to the elite Anti-Crime Unit. He was respected by his elders, and he was looked up to by junior officers.”
“Brian Moore represents the best of New York City,” the mayor said. “He was brave for sure, but his bravery was matched by his compassion. And he came by it through his family. It’s in his DNA. A family devoted to the NYPD.” De Blasio recalled Moore’s last arrest of a gun bust when responding to a call of a stabbing in Queens in late April.
During the Mayor’s eulogy, officers didn’t turn their backs on de Blasio, as they did in a sign of protest during the past two funerals for Officer Ramos and Liu just a few months ago. Moore’s death, unfortunately, was different as he was killed in the line of duty for doing the job he loved to do.
His death was a reminder of the dangers police officers face at a time when many anti-cop activists forget how it takes someone brave to sacrifice their lives in service to the people and the community. It’s unfortunate a tragedy like this has to remind us all what police face and the outstanding job they do every day.
After the eulogy service, a sea of blue stood at attention as Moore’s casket was carried back outside to the hearse. The NYPD flag covering Moore’s casket was gently folded as the commander of the 105th Precinct, where the young hero worked, presented the flag to Moore’s family. “America the Beautiful” was played as Moore’s family wept uncontrollably. After the funeral, nine helicopters flew low above the church in a missing man V-formation.
A candlelight memorial grew late Friday afternoon outside the 105th precinct where Moore worked. Schoolchildren left cards and flowers honoring the local hero. Many neighbors stopped by to sign the memorial book for Moore to show their support.
Moore’s passing and his age alone was a shot in the heart to many still grieving of this loss. Family and friends worries every day if their loved one who wears blue will come home tonight. Some will call and text telling that special someone in blue to ‘be safe’ and asking ‘when will you be home tonight?’ My heart breaks every time I hear or talk about this and when I saw the flag folded into a triangle given to his mother, I broke down thinking of his mother and how she buried her son right before Mother’s Day.
Detective Brian Moore was a true young hero of this city of New York, taken away from us in a very short time. The dangers officers face every day as they stick it out to protect the city from danger, not knowing what can occur in the short amount of time, is very real. That is why I love them and that is why I will grieve with them.
God bless Detective Moore, his family. And God bless the NYPD.
The Moore family released a statement on the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association website Friday:
FROM THE MOORE FAMILY
On May 2, 2015 our loved one Brian Moore, a New York City Police Officer, assigned to the 105 PCT in the anti-crime unit, was brutally shot in the head, when he and his partner were about to approach a violent convicted felon who was armed with a firearm. After a long fight for his life, PO Brian Moore succumbed to his wounds on May 4, 2015.
Due to these cowardly actions, a mother and father are left without their son, a sister is left without her brother, and his family and friends are left with emptiness in their hearts that can never be filled.
Many people have asked our family where donations can be made. Donations can be made directly to Raymond Moore and mailed to NYC PBA Office 125 Broad Street New York, NY 10004-2400.
Once again, we would like to thank you for all of your love, support and generosity during this unforeseen tragedy.
-The Family of Police Officer Brian Moore