2015-12-23 / Front Page

Cops Honor ‘Bmoore’ At Street Renaming Ceremony

By Liz Goff
Everybody called him “Bmoore” because he was a true-blue Baltimore Orioles fan in the midst of New York City.

Police Officer Brian Moore often said he became an NYPD officer because he wanted to continue his family heritage of keeping the city’s streets safe.

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 ask a known career criminal what he was carrying in his waistband.

The two cops thought Demetrius Blackwell was fidgiting with a gun, and they were right.  Just seconds after the young cops questioned Blackwell, he pumped-off three rounds from the gun he hade hidden in his waistband, fatally shooting Moore in the head.

NYPD and city officials gathered last week to unveil a new street sign declaring a section of 222 Street in Queens Village, “Detective Brian Moore Way.”

“It started here,” Moore’s mother, Irene Moore, said. “As Brian’s friends know, Moore matters, and as the Police Department knows, blue lives do matter.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton spoke briefly to the crowd outside the 105th Precinct stationhouse where he described Brian Moore as a “cop’s cop, who had the eye and loved the job.” Bratton, who posthumously promoted Moore to Detective First Class, expressed his hope that police would never again have to gather to honor an officer killed in the line of duty. “But we all know that’s unrealistic, because we’re cops.”

Bratton said Moore, a member of the 105th Precinct Anti Crime Unit “could smell an illegal gun, as they say.”

Moore’s dad, retired NYPD Sergeant Raymond Moore, said the ceremony was tough, “opening up wounds” that have yet to heal. Moore thanked the crowd for joining the tribute and said Brian, in his five-year NYPD career, had received numerous awards and excelled in every unit to which he was assigned.

“He went to work every day with one goal,” Raymond Moore said. “To make the streets of New York City safe for people who live and work here.”

Patrick Lynch, president of the police union, The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, praised Raymond Moore for his courage in facing the career criminal who murdered his young son. Lynch said Raymond Moore “squared his shoulders” and faced Blackwell at his arraignment on charges of murdering Brian Moore.

Lynch said police officers at the 105th Precinct would be able to look to that image, and to the memory of Brian Moore, as they walk beneath the sign bearing his name. “Police Officers will be able to say, ‘I have a model to follow,’ as they square their shoulders and walk into the 105th Precinct,” Lynch said.


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