MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — NYPD Detective Brian Moore was shot and killed in Queens earlier this year, and on Friday, his mother spoke out about policy and pain.
As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported exclusively, the slain officer was Irene Moore’s only son. Brian Moore, 25, was shot in the face by an armed suspect during a traffic stop in Queens on May 2, and died two days later.
“He was only 25 years old he never had a chance to get married, never had chance to have children never had a chance to live out his life,” said Irene Moore.
In the nightmarish incident six months ago, Brian Moore was ambushed by a career criminal suspect.
His mother has been left with his heroic memory and a gold detective’s shield that was posthumously awarded. But the pain remains.
“The mornings are very difficult, because it is almost as if I have to feel this pain again today,” Irene Moore said. “It is flashbacks… I can’t get the images out of my mind.”
When Irene Moore’s courageous son was buried last May, leaders pledged to her, and the families of slain detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, that the city would do more to keep police officers safe.
But just this week, there was another funeral for an NYPD officer, Randolph Holder, and the accused was a drug-dealing career criminal who had been out on a diversion program.
“We have four young men that weren’t even in their prime that lost their lives due to being murdered by career criminals, and I have yet to hear anything from anybody in any position of authority that even says: ‘Mrs. Moore, we are taking a look at this. Mrs. Moore, we’re going to keep you informed what’s going on,” Irene Moore said. “Nothing.”
She said a change in policy is needed.
“We need to have people really to start looking at the policies,” Irene Moore said. “With stop, question, frisk in place, this would not have happened to my son.”
She called hers a family of blood and a family of blue, but not a family of priority.
“I hear from the police officers – policy that you can cuff the criminals now in the front – the hands the in front of body — instead of the back, so it’s catering to whether the criminal is comfortable?” Irene Moore said. “I don’t understand why we would do that.”
Moore was praying for fairness and for change, refusing to allow her son’s death to have been in vain.