The Conservative Tribune: In echoes of what happened after the last spate of riots swept America last winter, an officer with the New York Police Department is fighting for his life after he was shot in the head for merely investigating a situation.
Officer Brian Moore, 25, was allegedly shot twice in the face by Demetrius Blackwell, 35, in New York City on Saturday evening.
He’s currently fighting for his life in a New York hospital in a medically-induced coma. He has died.
Moore was driving in Queens with his partner Erik Jansen as a plainclothes unit. The two pulled up behind Blackwell and exchanged several words with him, at which point Blackwell pulled out a gun and shot at the officers while they were still inside their vehicle.
Moore was rushed to Jamaica Hospital by some of his fellow officers. After four hours of surgery, the officer remained in the coma and was listed in critical but stable condition. Jansen was not injured.
Blackwell, meanwhile, attempted to hide in a nearby home after the shooting, but was eventually ferreted out by police after about 90 minutes. He’s being charged with attempted murder, assault and two counts of being in criminal possession of a firearm.
It was reported Blackwell had a history of ten arrests, including “five on charges of robbery, grand larceny and criminal possession of a weapon,” which explained why it would be criminal for him to possess a firearm (H/T Mad World News).
The incident was oddly reminiscent of what happened after the decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson or the officers who arrested Eric Garner.
In that case, officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were assassinated by Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, an African-American man who had expressed displeasure over the decisions on social media.
Hours before the shootings, Brinsley had posted “They Take 1 Of Ours … Let’s Take 2 of Theirs” onto his Instagram account, a statement that turned out to be prophetically accurate.
Five NYPD officers have been shot in the line of duty in five months, while the last shooting before that was in 2011.
No word yet on Demetrius Blackwell’s motive yet, or if it had anything to do with the civil unrest in Baltimore. Somewhat unsurprisingly, no disturbances were reported in the wake of Officer Moore’s shooting, nor did Al Sharpton rush to the scene.
Our prayers are with Officer Moore, his family and the NYPD in this trying time.