By Sadef Ali Kully
A Queens Village corner will be renamed after slain NYPD Detective Brian Moore, who died in the line of duty in May. A City Council vote on July 23 approved the change.
The corner of 222nd Street and 92nd Road in Queens Village, an intersection adjacent to the headquarters of the 105th Precinct, where Det. Brian Moore worked in the Anti-Crime Unit, will be renamed “Detective 1st Grade Brian Moore Way,”.
The intersection is less than a 10-minute drive from the location where Moore was shot to death at 212th Street and 104th Road in Queens Village, when he attempted to question a suspicious man May 2.
The alleged gunman, Demetrius Blackwell, shot at Moore, hitting him in the head. Moore’s partner, Officer Erik Jansen, was unharmed during the incident. Moore was in a coma following the shooting and died two days later at Jamaica Medical Hospital Center. Blackwell was found and arrested by police within a couple hours of the incident.
“Detective Moore was senselessly killed earlier this year, and as we vote to give him this small recognition, we as a city remain resolute that violence against the brave men and women of the New York City Police Department is never acceptable and will never be tolerated,” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said.
In addition to the renaming of the intersection in honor of Moore, the measure approved by the City Council included a total of 51 street renamings across the city. The renaming measure was sponsored by 29 Council members, including Queens Council members Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), Peter Koo (D-Flushing), I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside).
Moore was continuing his family’s tradition of police careers. The son of a retired NYPD Sgt. Raymond Moore started out in southeast Queens with the 103rd Precinct before moving to the 105th Precinct. He is credited with making 159 arrests in his five-year career with the NYPD.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton posthumously promoted Moore to Detective at his funeral in Seaford, Long Island May 8.
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