Obama sent three officials to robber Michael Brown‘s funeral in Ferguson. But the White House did not send any officials to Officer Brian Moore’s funeral today.
An estimated 30,000 gathered at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, Long Island, this Friday for 25-year-old NYPD officer Brian Moore’s funeral. Moore, who had been on the police force for five years, died last week after being shot on duty.
The White House sent Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, chair of the Obama administration’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force; Heather Foster, an adviser in the White House Office of Public Engagement; and Elias Alcantara from the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
Gray also had a history of run-ins with the law. According to court documents CNN obtained, there were more than 20 criminal court cases in Maryland against Gray, and five of those cases were still active at the time of his death.
In a show of solidarity, homes and businesses on the streets surrounding the church were adorned with purple and blue ribbons.
New York News & Politics reported that the streets outside the church were lined with police officers, some who had come by the busload from as far as Louisiana.
“Brian Moore represented the best of New York City,” Bill de Blasio said at the service. He added later, “He did everything a good police officer was supposed to do.” De Blasio, whom police officers turned their back to at another funeral service for killed police officers last year, said yesterday that his relationship with the NYPD has improved — although his recently proposed budget, which would add no additional police officers to the force, may challenge that characterization.
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton, Representative Peter King, and the family of Detective Wenjian Liu, who was killed last year, also attended the funeral. Bratton remarked that he had been to too many of these funerals, and that he remembered them all.
Thousands turned out for officer Brian Moore’s funeral. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Bill Bratton were among those who paid their respects to NYPD officer Brian Moore.
Brian Moore’s obituary:
NEW YORK (AP) — A 25-year-old police officer shot in the head while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun died Monday from his injuries, the third New York City officer slain on duty in five months.
Brian Moore, who was in a coma after undergoing brain surgery following the Saturday evening shooting, was pronounced dead at a Queens hospital with his family, including his police officer father, uncle and cousin, at his bedside.
Hundreds of uniformed officers stood at attention outside the hospital and lined up down the block to salute the ambulance carrying his body. Afterward, many could be seen crying and consoling one another.
“He proved himself to be an exceptional young officer,” Police Commissioner William Bratton said, noting Moore had made more than 150 arrests in less than five years on the job and earned meritorious service medals.
Moore and his partner were in plainclothes and in an unmarked police car when they approached Demetrius Blackwell in a quiet Queens neighborhood after they saw him adjusting his waistband, a move that made them suspicious he had a handgun, authorities said.
The officers pulled up next to Blackwell, 35, and exchanged words before the man suddenly turned, pulled out a weapon and fired at least twice at them, striking Moore in the head and face, according to court documents.
Blackwell has been charged with attempted murder and other crimes. He is being held without bail and has not entered a plea. His attorney has denied the charges.
He will be charged with first-degree murder, prosecutors said.
Investigators discovered the five-shot silver Taurus used in the shooting under a box near a backyard grill along the route Blackwell fled following the shooting, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.
The gun, which had two live rounds still in the chamber, was one of 23 weapons reported stolen in October 2011 from a bait and tackle shop in Perry, Georgia, he said. Ten of those weapons have since been recovered — nine of them in in New York.
Mayor Bill de Blasio mourned Moore’s death.
“He risked his life for a very simple notion — to keep everyone else safe, to keep our society safe, to keep order,” the mayor said at an evening news conference. “This is what he wanted to do.”
Patrick Lynch, who heads the rank-and-file police officers’ union, joined Moore’s family at the hospital and told reporters afterward that the city’s police force would pay their respects, and then return to their posts patrolling streets, stairwells and subways.
“They may have sadness in their eyes, but they have bravery in the hearts,” he said.
Moore had been on the job since July 2010, officials said. Flags at police headquarters were flying at half-staff Monday.
He is the first city officer to be killed on duty since two uniformed police officers were slain in December in Brooklyn.
Officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot at close range as they were sitting in their patrol car Dec. 20. The gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, then ran into a nearby subway station and fatally shot himself.
Before the ambush, Brinsley posted on an Instagram account that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for Eric Garner’s death in an apparent police choke-hold.
Officials have said Blackwell made no such postings and had an extensive criminal history, including serving five years in prison on an attempted murder conviction.
Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report.
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