By Lynn Edmonds
A street near the 105th Precinct in Queens Village was named for slain Officer Brian Moore in an emotional ceremony on Friday.
Moore was shot on the line of duty when he was patrolling the neighborhood by 35-year old Demetrius Blackwell on May 2 and he succumbed to his injuries on May 4. He was 25 years old.
Commissioner Bill Bratton, Moore’s family and friends and over 100 officers attended the street renaming on the corner of 222nd Street and 92nd Road.
“As every little boy and girl walks past this intersection in years ahead, looks up and sees that name and asks, ‘who was Brian Moore?’ the officer in this station for all time will be able to answer, ‘Brian Moore, detective, a guardian of the city, a hero,’” Bratton said.
Moore’s mother, Irene Moore, also spoke at the event.
“As painful as it is, I’m glad that people will remember him,” she said of the street renaming.
Moore was shot when he was performing plain clothes anti-crime patrol in an unmarked vehicle. He saw
Blackwell adjust his waistband and stopped him to ask if he was carrying a weapon. Blackwell fired three shots, hitting him in the head. His partner, Erik Jansen, was not seriously injured.
Blackwell is currently awaiting trial on charges of first-degree murder.
In the aftermath of his shooting, the ethnically diverse neighborhood rallied around his family and the Precinct to show their support.
Mayor Bill de Blasio did not attend the street re-naming, but he released a statement of support.
“Detective Brian Moore exemplified the best of our police force; a brave and selfless young man who gave his life while working to protect all of ours. New York City’s Finest face unspeakable dangers each day – yet in the face of violence, Detective Moore responded to the call with no hesitation. Our city is safer and stronger because of police officers like Brian Moore, and we will forever be indebted to his family,” de Blasio said.
Moore was appointed a police officer in 2010. A booklet commemorating Moore that was put out by the NYPD said that ‘Brian loved basketball, baseball, cars, the Baltimore Orioles, and his dog ‘Smokey.’” He came from a family of cops and would speak with his father, who was also an officer, about the job.
According to the NYPD, one of Brian’s partners said “Knowing that I would spend 8:35 each day with an individual of Brian’s character made being a Police Officer easier…His enthusiasm, work ethic and professionalism was second to none. Brian managed to create a positive environment where being a Police Officer was enjoyable and fun for anyone lucky enough to work with him.”
Moore made 159 arrests during his career working on the conditions unit and later the anti-crime unit. He won two Excellent Police Duty Medals and two Meritorious Police Duty medals.
Following his death, Moore was promoted to Detective first Grade.
Moore was one of four New York City cops to be killed in the line of duty in the past year. Officers Rafael Ramos and Weijian Liu were shot last December while sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn and Officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed while chasing a perp in East Harlem in October.