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5/2/2015

Cop Shot in Queens [Updated]

Filed under: General — JVW @ 9:59 pm



[guest post by JVW]

A New York Police Department officer is reportedly in a coma after being shot earlier today in Queens. Brian Moore, 25, was on duty as a plainclothes officer in an unmarked car at 212th Street and 104th Avenue in Queens when he and his partner noticed Demetrius Blackwell, 35, adjusting an object in his waistband. According to reports, the officers were aware of Blackwell’s extensive criminal record and pulled up alongside of him for questioning. Blackwell immediately drew a gun and fired at least three shots, hitting Moore who was in the driver’s seat. Blackwell fled the scene but was arrested in the neighborhood 90 minutes later.

Officer Moore is the fifth member of the NYPD to be shot in the past five months. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed and shot dead in Brooklyn by a Baltimore man this past December, and Officers Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellerano were wounded while responding to a January grocery store robbery in the Bronx.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has had a frosty relationship with rank-and-file NYPD members, visited Moore and his family in the hospital earlier tonight. Unlike the situation with Liu and Ramos, officers reportedly did not turn their backs to the mayor during his visit. The mayor’s office later sent out the following Tweet:

Here’s praying that Officer Moore makes a full recovery and that the violence directed at police officers stops.

[Update 5/4/15] – Officer Moore has died. The injuries were apparently quite severe, requiring the removal of half of his brain, meaning that he would never have regained full consciousness. My he rest in peace in the hall of heroes.

– JVW

52 Responses to “Cop Shot in Queens [Updated]”

  1. The Left has opened Cop Season early this year.

    They won’t like it when they all go on-strike and leave all the snowflakes unprotected.

    askeptic (efcf22)

  2. O, it’s Tommy this and Tommy that…

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  3. another gun control success story…

    NYC has some of the most stringent laws of that sort anywhere in the US.

    redc1c4 (b340a6)

  4. …But it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind,
    There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
    O it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind.

    ropelight (a7f5d6)

  5. I’m sure my moral betters will be along to explain how this is actually Moore’s fault. Or society’s.

    The Ghost of George Parr (c31dc7)

  6. I really don’t understand the thinking behind the officer’s family agreeing to meet the Mayor at the hospital. His actions show him to be the vilest sort of demagogue, and he’s done as much as anyone to create the situation that confronts his police force. It’s like Hillary! telling the families of the Benghazi victims that she would get the guy who made the video. These “leaders” have neither shame nor honor.

    bobathome (ef0d3a)

  7. Update on the fallen Queens policeman. Not good. Officer Brian Moore “is fighting for his life,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told The Associated Press after spending many hours with the comatose 25-year-old officer.

    A cop shot in the face by a cowardly ex-con was fighting for his life Sunday following a complication during treatment, a police source said.

    NYPD cop Brian Moore, 25, received a steady stream of stone-faced brothers in blue at Jamaica Hospital, where sources said he was in a medically-induced coma. Officials said publicly he remained in critical but stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery.

    But a separate police source said the condition of the young cop with five years on the force had grown increasingly dire since the shooting just after 6 p.m. Saturday.

    “I heard the officer suffered a brain bleed last night he isn’t in good shape,” the source said.

    The bullet hit Moore, in his cheek and exited the opposite side of his face, police sources said.

    Here’s an opinion piece from the NTDaily News.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/new-york-takes-granted-officers-protect-daily-article-1.2208960

    elissa (227e55)

  8. Just so you guys know, a cop was shot tonight and two gunmen were killed in Garland, Texas, at a “American Freedom Defense Initiative’s Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest.”

    This is from the Dallas Morning News:

    “The New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative was hosting a contest that would award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad at the venue. Caricatures of the Islamic prophet are considered offensive by many Muslims.

    The American Freedom Defense Initiative paid an additional $10,000 upfront for 40 officers to work security at the event. The group’s president, Pamela Gellar, called it “the high cost of freedom.”

    The event was the center of controversy since Garland ISD agreed to rent out the Culwell Center. The decision to book the event came a little more than a week after Islamic militants in France killed 12 people at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

    The organizers said they were exercising their freedom of expression. The district’s decision drew criticism from critics and Islamic groups who said the event was an attack on Islam.

    School Board President Rick Lambert rebuffed the criticism of the district, saying “the Culwell Center is available for rental as long as you comply with the law.”

    Garland had dueling protests during a “Stand With the Prophet in Honor and Respect” in January. Some protesters called for peace and understanding, while the other group argued that Muslims’ beliefs posed a threat to the American way of life.

    Local news is calling Pam Geller as anti-Moslem and Islamic.

    Just another day in the USA.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  9. Oh well. Drudge and the Daily Mail think it may be something.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  10. Impressive performance by the Garland PA and area law enforcement, Ag80.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  11. PD,not PA. Auto-correct.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  12. I guess the organizers thought this Mohammed contest was a good idea and would prove something or other. I frankly don’t get it. A lot of cops, businesses, and bystanders were put at risk. For exactly what?

    elissa (227e55)

  13. seems like they targeted not the event but the speaker, Geert Wilders, from the Mail piece,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  14. For free speech. It’s easy to do the easy things. Someone has to do the hard things if we want to stay free.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  15. I frankly don’t get it. A lot of cops, businesses, and bystanders were put at risk. For exactly what?

    Well, in fairness elissa, if I read the comments right it sounds like the contest was organized in response to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo:

    The event was set up by the American Freedom Defense Initiative and had been described by opponents as an attack on Islam. The controversial group booked the center a little more than a week after Islamic militants in France killed 12 people at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

    I’m not a huge fan of provocation just for the sake of provocation, but I sort of do understand the idea that in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks the radical Moslems need to be shown that they don’t have all of us cowed and can’t intimidate us into silence.

    JVW (8278a3)

  16. Pam Geller is the lady behind the Atlas Shrugs blog.

    If she isn’t antiIslam, antiMoslem, then no one is.

    kishnevi (91d5c6)

  17. Hosting someone like Geert Wilders (which apparently they did) or Ayaan Hirsi Ali to discuss their experiences is one thing and shows both bravery and respect for the principle of free speech. Offering $10,000 prize money for the best cartoon of Mohammed is just throwing rocks at a pack of mad dogs. There is a difference between bravery, principle, and provocation. Just my opinion.

    elissa (227e55)

  18. they targeted Wilders, the location is really besides the point,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  19. This event was organized in response to an Islamic conference on Islamophobia held in January 2015 at the same venue.

    DRJ (e80d46)


  20. UPDATE ON THE POLICE INCIDENT:

    Officers are advising the scene is NOT safe. It is believed that explosive(s) have been placed near the Curtis Culwell Center. FBI Bomb Squad, Garland Police, Garland SWAT, Rowlett Police, Rowlett SWAT, and Texas State Troopers are on scene.

    There is a huge perimeter set. No one gets in and no one gets out.

    ISIS is taking responsibility for this attack.

    Dana (86e864)

  21. I get what you’re saying elissa. However, and you knew there would be a however, people have the right to express their views without violence or retaliation. Nazis can demonstrate in Skokie. The Klan can march in Mississippi. As long as they do not incite violence, it is their right. It is who we are. No one condones the rioters in Baltimore. The peaceful Baltimore protesters are fully entitled to demonstrate.

    It really does not matter if it was a good idea. If we stop expressing ideas by some sort of prior restraint to avoid avoid violence, then we are no longer a free society. If we do not stop violence in the name of a cause regardless of its purpose, we are no longer a society.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  22. I also suspect this was about Wilders but we’ll see. A cartoon contest is not provocation. If it is, then so are women who don’t wear burkas and every church.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  23. See update at #20.

    Dana (86e864)

  24. Maybe the rumors that ISIS is in Juarez were true after all.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  25. And yes, DRJ, it looks as if the Garland PD did an excellent job.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  26. Me and my jihadi buddy went to Texas and all we got was a lousy hole in the head. As they say, “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.” Well done Texas rozzers.

    Gazzer (c1d25a)

  27. A cartoon contest is indeed a provocation to those who are afraid of the freedom it represents. It’s the image, of course, but underneath it, down at the root, is fear.

    It reminds me of of the GoFundMe thread about walking in the beautiful freedom of God’s grace vs. living under the old law and still never being able to meet the standard because we always come up short. It’s only God’s grace that can transform us.

    Dana (86e864)

  28. I should be more clear: the contest itself is not a threat – its implications are, however, to a specific group who hate freedom and are afraid of it.

    Dana (86e864)

  29. And who only want to either convert you, tax you or kill you. No other options.

    Gazzer (c1d25a)

  30. Garland Police just finished a press conference. They are searching for bombs, but gave no indication regarding the motive.

    The Garland ISD police officer who was wounded has been released from the hospital.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  31. Good news.

    Gazzer (c1d25a)

  32. I’ve put up a post on the Garland shooting at the Muhammed cartoon contest.

    Dana (86e864)

  33. It’s regrettable that this may expose the school district to attacks, but every public venue is at risk if someone wants to put it at risk.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  34. == people have the right to express their views without violence or retaliation. ==

    Well yes, of course they should have the right to expect that. But so do the people in the neighboring Walmart and Sam’s Club and other businesses who had nothing to do with the Mohammed Art Contest have the right to assume they’ll be able to run their businesses and park their cars and safely do their shopping on a Sunday evening.

    As a precaution, nearby businesses including a Walmart and Sam’s Club were evacuated, the Dallas News reports.

    A 1,000-foot radius around the Walmart was initially shut down and multiple businesses in the area were evacuated. The area shut down by officials expanded throughout the evening.

    elissa (227e55)

  35. I bet Texas events will be scheduled with more thought for the possibility of domestic terrorism now that it’s come to our State, but we actually have a right to free speech. It is regrettable when bad things happen but we don’t have a right to be free from that possibility.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  36. In addition, I bet gun sales will go up even higher in DFW and probably all of Texas.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  37. I’m not disagreeing with you elissa. I completely understand what you are saying.
    .
    The fault doesn’t belong the people who organized or attended the event. The fault does not belong to the ones in nearby businesses. The fault belongs to the ones who decided the event should be ended violently.

    We cannot allow the violent to prevent discourse, regardless of the ramifications. Should they have taken such into consideration. Certainly.

    That is easy for me to say but, seriously, it is an important point. Peaceful people should be able to gather peacefully.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  38. ==We cannot allow the violent to prevent discourse, regardless of the ramifications. Should they have taken such into consideration. Certainly.==

    By “they” I assume you mean the event organizers. If that is what you meant, then in response to your two statements I say:
    “Yes. And Yes”.

    elissa (227e55)

  39. Per the AP–The 25-year old officer has died.

    A 25-year-old police officer shot in the head over the weekend while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun has died from his injuries, the third New York Police Department officer slain in the line-of-duty in five months, a City Hall official said Monday.

    Brian Moore was pronounced dead at a Queens hospital after undergoing brain surgery following the Saturday evening shooting, said the official, a senior aide to Mayor Bill de Blasio who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the death until the mayor makes an official announcement.

    elissa (e46dbf)

  40. What a shame. God bless him and his family.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  41. Blackwell, a self-described “hell-raiser” and a cousin of former Giants cornerback Kory Blackwell, has a lengthy rap sheet — and a prior history of attacking cops.

    elissa (740e75)

  42. This is horrible news. His poor family. The reports say that due to the severity of damage to the brain and the need to remove half of it, had he survived the surgery, he would have been seriously incapacitated for the rest of his natural life. May God smile upon him as he meets his maker, whole and complete and never to again to know sorrow or pain.

    Dana (86e864)

  43. Adding update. Very sad.

    [Update 5/4/15] – Officer Moore has died. The injuries were apparently quite severe, requiring the removal of half of his brain, meaning that he would never have regained full consciousness.

    JVW (8278a3)

  44. I really don’t understand the thinking behind the officer’s family agreeing to meet the Mayor at the hospital. His actions show him to be the vilest sort of demagogue, and he’s done as much as anyone to create the situation that confronts his police force.

    Except that this shooting wasn’t part of any “situation that confronts the police force”. Blackwell didn’t shoot cops at random because he hates cops; he shot these cops because he didn’t want to be arrested, and he’d have done so no matter what was or wasn’t happening in Baltimore or Ferguson or what the mayor said or didn’t say.

    Milhouse (bdebad)

  45. What I meant to say is that Ramos and Liu were shot because demagogues, including our communist mayor, whipped up hatred of the police. Therefore when he tried to wash his hands of the consequences of his words it made sense to rub it in his face. It would not have made sense this time. He’s still a communist, but this one isn’t on him.

    Milhouse (bdebad)

  46. I take it then that you don’t think criminals like Blackwell haven’t at least been been emboldened by what’s gone on in Ferguson and Baltimore? I find that hard to believe.

    elissa (740e75)

  47. That’s right, I don’t think he would have acted any differently if none of that nonsense had been happening. He was up to no good, and the cops were on to him. He didn’t want to be arrested, so he shot at them and ran. No further explanation is required.

    Milhouse (bdebad)

  48. Oh, heartbreaking!

    The liberal establishment has blood on its hands. Shame, shame.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  49. Crooks have been shooting cops since there were cops to shoot at.

    The first modern police force in the United States was the Philadelphia Police Department, and according to the Officer Down Memorial page, the first PPD officer killed in the line of duty was Watchman Steven Heimer, shot at the beginning of a riot on January 8, 1828.

    Of course, police are not the only law enforcement in the U.S.— there were sheriffs and watchmen going back to early colonial times. The ODMP lists Constable Darius Quimby of the Albany County (New York) Constable’s Office, shot while making an arrest on January 3, 1791, as the first law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in the United States.
    From here….
    http://history.stackexchange.com/questions/2884/first-us-police-officer-killed-in-the-line-of-duty

    kishnevi (adea75)

  50. 51 was sparked by Elissa at 48.

    kishnevi (adea75)


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