By the New York Post Editorial Board
The thought that their loved one might not come back from the day’s shift weighs on every NYPD family. For the survivors of Police Officer Brian Moore, that nightmare just came true.
On Monday, the 25-year-old undercover cop succumbed to injuries from Saturday evening’s savage shooting in Queens.
Moore and his partner, Erik Jansen, drove up to Demetrius Blackwell after spotting a suspicious object in his waistband.
Blackwell allegedly pulled out a gun and fired into the car, striking Moore twice in the face.
Coming from a family of cops — including his retired NYPD sergeant father — Moore had already racked up more than 150 arrests in just five years on the job.
This is the third line-of-duty fatality to hit the ranks of New York’s Finest in just five months. He follows Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, ambushed during the height of December’s anti-cop protests.
This tragedy is one more bitter lesson in the risks the men and women in blue take every day they put on the uniform in service to the 8 million people of this city.
It also serves as a reminder why the first duty of the city’s elected leaders is to make the jobs of those who protect New Yorkers easier, not harder.
As we noted Monday, Mayor de Blasio seems to have gotten it. His support of the NYPD has grown markedly more firm than it once was. Keep it up, Bill.
Alas, Melissa Mark-Viverito’s City Council is still pushing to decriminalize certain offenses, and so make it harder for cops to require ID when stopping people. And never mind how many guns just that kind of policing has taken off the streets.
One other note: Saturday’s fatal encounter demonstrates yet again that cops’ judgment on who might be carrying is far better than the cop-bashers’, including anti-stop-and-frisk Judge Shira Scheindlin, will admit.
The constant second-guessing has gone far enough — and then some.
As New York pauses in the days ahead to celebrate Officer Moore’s life and salute his service, city officials might take such lessons to heart.