Thousands gather for slain NYPD officer’s funeral

Thousands, including politicians and colleagues, attend funeral service of NYPD officer fatally shot over weekend in New York

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Thousands of people attended on Friday the funeral of a New York City police officer, Brian Moore, who was shot in the head and killed while on patrol over the weekend in the borough of Queens.

US Senator Charles Schumer, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner William Bratton and dozens of other dignitaries joined thousands of policemen for the funeral.

"He knew he was making the city safer, he knew he was making a difference in people's lives. It energised him," de Blasio said in his eulogy for Moore.

The 25-year-old fallen officer was coming from a family of policemen and followed his father and uncle into the police force.

He was shot while in plain clothes over the weekend in the borough of Queens when he tried to question a man who then fired into his unmarked car.

Moore was the third NYPD officer killed since December, when two patrolmen, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were fatally shot while sitting in their car.

US representative from the congressional district where Moore lived, Peter King, used the occasion to draw attention to dangers the police face while protecting the public.

"It's actually been a terrible year for the police because they've been attacked, they've been assailed and, meanwhile, they're being shot and murdered," King said. "But the thing about cops is they keep going."

After December’s killings, police had protested Mayor de Blasio at the funeral of the two slain officers as the shooting came following his comments criticising the police practices and attitude against the minorities.

After killing of officers Liu and Ramos, the gunman left messages suggesting he committed the shooting in vengeance of a black man killed at the hands of police in New York.

The suspects in Moore’s shooting did not show any similar motives.

TRTWorld and agencies