Thousands attend funeral for slain New York City policeman
Published 08/05/2015 | 18:49
Thousands of policemen from around the United States gathered on Friday at the funeral of a 25-year-old New York City officer who was shot in the head while on patrol.
Services for the New York Police Department's Brian Moore at a Roman Catholic church in a Long Island suburb were attended by US Senator Charles Schumer, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner William Bratton and dozens of other dignitaries.
"He knew he was making the city safer, he knew he was making a difference in people's lives. It energized him," de Blasio said in eulogising Moore.
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The decorated, five-year veteran of the force had followed his father and uncle into the NYPD.
Moore, who was promoted posthumuously to the rank of detective, is the latest reminder of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers in American cities.
In December, two other New York patrolmen were fatally shot while sitting in their patrol car.
US Representative Peter King, a Republican representing the congressional district where Moore lived, said the officer's slaying attests to the courage and sacrifice that police make to protect the public.
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"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," he said before entering the church.
"But the thing about cops is they keep going."
King's comments also reflected the politically charged climate that has enveloped police departments around the country, following several controversial episodes involving black men and deadly police force.
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The deaths sparked demands for a review of police tactics and measures such as requiring officers to wear body cameras on duty.
Six Baltimore police officers were charged last week in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who sustained spinal injuries while in police custody.
His death triggered a week of protests in the city, punctuated by a night of looting and arson.