Tens of thousands of police officers, some from as far as California and Louisiana, lined the streets on Long Island Friday to pay their respects to slain officer Brian Moore. Moore, 25, was shot twice in the face by Demetrius Blackwell, a man who had previously served five years for attempted murder, while on duty and died from his injuries shortly thereafter.
Moore was remembered as an exceptional police officer and “every commanding officer’s dream.” Moore’s commanding officer at the 105th precinct in Queens, Deputy Inspector Mike Coyle, said if he “had an army of Brian Moores, there’d be no crime in the city.” He also remembered Moore as a person who “could walk into a room, and his smile would turn your day around if you were having a bad day. A real crime fighter, a true believer, a heart of gold.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio commended Moore, saying he “represents the best of New York City. He was brave for sure, but his bravery was matched by his compassion.”
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But while countless officers and citizens showed up to pay their respects to Moore, notably absent were any officials from the White House.
While President Obama sent three White House officials – 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 – to the funeral of Freddie Gray, a man with a history of run-ins with the law, and three to Michael Brown’s funeral in Ferguson, he did not feel the need to send any representatives to the funeral of the decorated young officer with over 150 arrests to his name who died in the line of duty.
At a time when tensions between citizens and the police force are running high, officers are being targeted and police, as Commissioner William Bratton said Friday, are “increasingly bearing the brunt of loud criticism,” the president seems to be sending a clear message about which side he stands on in the matter.
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