By Tom Momberg
Queens lawmakers and police officers from around the city gathered outside the 105th Precinct in Queens Village Friday morning to unveil a new street sign on 222nd Street, now co-named Detective 1st Grade Brian Moore Way.
Officer Brian Moore, who was shot and killed while on duty in the precinct in early May after just five years on the force, was promoted to detective post-mortem. And at least a thousand people came out for the street co-naming ceremony, including hundreds of officers.
The legislation enacting the street co-naming was introduced into the City Council by Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and was passed over the summer.
“We must honor him, not just through a street renaming along with his colors, but we must work with our police — not hamper their efforts to make us safe,” Miller said. “We must do all we can to collaborate to make this city as safe and as great as it can be.”
Just weeks before the ceremony, Moore’s parents were in court during a hearing for the man who allegedly killed him, Demetrius Blackwell. His father, Raymond Moore, said these new events are just opening up healing wounds, but that seeing everyone there to memorialize his son’s accomplishments made it a little better.
“I’m very proud of Brian today, but I have always been proud of my son and I always will be,” said the elder Moore, who is retired from the Police Department. “Brian was an outstanding officer. We all know he made 160 arrests in his career and was awarded department medals. He excelled in every unit that he worked. His potential was unlimited. But he went to work every day with one goal — he used to tell me he’s going to work just to make the city a better place for people to live and to work.”