With backdrop of anti-cop protests, NYPD officer shot in head during street stop
A New York Police Department police officer is fighting for his life after being shot twice in the head by an assailant who gave little warning of the deadly violence he was about to unleash.
The plainclothes officer, Brian Moore, and his partner, Eric Jensen, pulled up behind Demetrius Blackwell, in their unmarked police vehicle and briefly exchanged words, according to The New York Post. When the ex-con realized they were police officers, he suddenly pulled a gun from his waistband and opened fire, the newspaper reported.
Moore was hit twice, while Jensen escaped injury.
“He immediately opened fire on them before they had a chance to get out of the vehicle,” said NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.
Blackwell was taken into custody 90 minutes after the incident.
The Post noted that Moore was the fifth NYPD officer to be shot in the last five months, including the assassination of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in December.
While the Moore shooting might not be directly related to the riots in Baltimore, a connection isn’t hard to project.
Before the wave of anti-police protests began nationwide, spurred by the “hands up, don’t shoot” demonstrations based on a lie in Ferguson, Mo., there hadn’t been a New York City police officer shot and killed in the line of duty in four years, according to the Post.
Suddenly, it seems easier to shoot cops.
Moore and Jensen were familiar with Blackwell, who had a long police record that included five arrests for robbery, grand larceny and criminal possession of a weapon, according to Bratton.
Moore, 25, was in critical but stable condition after being being placed in a medically induced coma after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, the Post reported.
“It is a painful day for all of us,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, who showed up at the hospital.
Unlike back in December, when Ramos and Liu were ambushed, police did not turn their backs on the mayor.
That’s not to say Saturday’s incident didn’t have an affect on the moral of New York’s finest, which is likely already impacted by the efforts of some at City Hall, who are working to cut the power of police, according to the Post.
“This is the city we live in today,” an officer who knows Moore told the newspaper. “Innocent cops keep getting shot for no reason.’’