NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A sea of blue packed a Queens courtroom Thursday for the arrignment of a man accused of murdering one of their own.
Demetrius Blackwell pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the May 2 shooting death of Officer Brian Moore.
Hours earlier, a grand jury handed down a 12-count indictment against Blackwell in Moore’s death.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced the grand jury results.
“The defendant is accused of firing a weapon at two police officers without warning, killing one of them,” said Brown. “The defendant’s alleged actions are a direct attack on society and the law and reminds us of the dangers that our police officers face each day – and the ultimate sacrifice they may be called upon to make – as they carry out their sworn duty to protect and serve our communities.”