2015-06-17 / Front Page

Cop Dad: ‘Hell Raiser’ Should Rot In Hell

By Liz Goff
If the father of murdered NYPD Detective Brian Moore had his way, Demetrius Blackwell would rot in hell – and the heartbroken dad would be the one to “pull the switch: to send the career criminal on his way.

“I wish New York City had the death penalty,” retired NYPD Sgt. Raymond Moor said in a hallway at Queens Supreme Court on June 11, shortly after Blackwell was indicted on 12 counts, including a first-degree murder charge that could put him behind bars for life, without the possibility of parole.

 “I would love to pull the switch on him,’ Raymond Moore said. “This animal should be in a cage.”

Police Officer Brian Moore was just 25-years-old when he was shot to death on May 2, after he and his partner, Police Officer Erik Jensen, stopped their unmarked NYPD cruiser on a street in Queens Village to question Blackwell, 35, a known career criminal, about a bulge in his waistband.

Prosecutors said Moore’s last words were spoken to Blackwell through an open window on his unmarked police cruiser. “Do you have something in your waist?” Moore asked. Blackwell allegedly responded, “Yeah, I got something,” as he opened fire on the two cops, pumping three rounds onto Moore’s head. Prosecutors said the young cop never even had a chance to unsnap his holster before Blackwell opened fire.

Fellow cops rushed Moore to Jamaica Hospital where doctors placed him in a medically induced coma to help heal his mortally wounded brain. Moore died two days later, the third NYPD officer executed on the job in the previous five months.

A Queens Grand Jury also indicted Blackwell on aggravated murder charges, weapons charges and with a charge for attempting to murder Jensen, who was uninjured. Jensen, who will be a star prosecution witness at Blackwell’s trial, did not attend the indictment.

Blackwell was also indicted on stolen property charges for allegedly stealing a pair of sneakers and a T-shirt from an onlooker as he fled the murder scene.

Following the hearing, defense attorney David Bart told reporters his client “is not a career criminal, adding, “He’s not that bad a guy.”

Bart dismissed claims that Blackwell went by the name “Hell Raiser” as “nonsense,” saying, “He’s known by a lot of people as a sweetheart and a nice guy.”

Bart told reporters he will employ some sort of insanity defense and claimed Blackwell did not know Moore and Jensen were police officers when he pulled the trigger on May 2.

Bart said Blackwell has a history of epilepsy and “evidence of prior psychosis,” including bipolar disease. Bart said his client has also undergone brain surgery, but did not say why.

At a press conference held prior to the June 11 hearing, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said he will fight any insanity defense or other attempts by the defense to claim Blackwell did not know he was shooting at police officers.

More than 100 police officers crowded the Jamaica courtroom to witness the indictment, to honor Moore’s memory and support his family. Some of the cops were dressed in uniform, while others wore T-shirts that read, “In Memory of Police Officer Brian Moore. End of Watch.” The back of the shirts read, “Heroes Get Remembered. Legends Never Die,” a slogan that is prominently displayed at a memorial wall and other monuments at the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Raymond Moore said he plans to be present at every court appearance of his son’s accused murderer. Most of the cops present at the indictment said they will be in court as well, when possible, to support the family.

Following the hearing, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch told reporters “We’re willing to stand between mutts like this and citizens like you, to protect your rights.”



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