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Demetrius Blackwell, 35, Charged in Shooting of NYPD Officer Brian Moore

Posted on | May 3, 2015 | 45 Comments

New York Daily News:

A plainclothes city cop was shot in the face in Queens Saturday when the ex-con cousin of a former New York Giant opened fire into his unmarked patrol car, authorities said.
Officer Brian Moore and his partner were driving through Queens Village when they spotted the suspect “adjusting an object in his waistband” near the corner of 212th St. and 104th Road about 6:15 p.m, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.
The officers pulled up behind the suspicious man — identified as Demetrius Blackwell, the younger cousin of former Giants cornerback Kory Blackwell — and tried to question him.
Without warning, Blackwell whipped out a gun and squeezed off at least two rounds into Moore’s car, Bratton said.
“He immediately opened fire on them before they had time to get out of the vehicle,” Bratton said at a solemn Saturday night press conference. . . .
Moore’s father and uncle are both retired NYPD sergeants.
One of Moore’s Massapequa neighbors, who said she has known the wounded cop his entire life, described him as “an all-around good kid.”
“My daughter went to the prom with him,” said Joan Olton, 56. . . .
Blackwell, who occasionally stayed with relatives in the area, fled the scene after the shooting — but was captured 90 minutes later inside a neighbor’s house. . . .
Blackwell has nine prior arrests — including two separate assaults on police officers, sources said.

JVW at Patterico adds:

Officer Moore is the fifth member of the NYPD to be shot in the past five months. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed and shot dead in Brooklyn by a Baltimore man this past December, and Officers Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellerano were wounded while responding to a January grocery store robbery in the Bronx.

(Via Memeorandum.) Coverage of the Baltimore riots over a man who died in custody has created the false impression that police brutality is routine. However, in a nation of 300 million people, it is a simple trick to pick some phenomenon you want to criticize and then say, “Look, here is a Example A, and there is Example B and, oh, look! Now we have Example C — it’s an epidemic!”

The phenomenon in question (for example, lesbian school teachers molesting teenage girls) may actually be quite rare, but in a nation of 300 million people, you can find a dozen examples of relatively rare phenomena every year. The campus “rape epidemic” hysteria has been manufactured by feminists (and their media allies) using this method. Here is a video about the real frequency of “police brutality”:

Which is more common: Police brutality, college fraternity gang rapes, or lesbian teachers molesting teenage girls? None of these phenomena are really “common,” but there are activists, politicians and media with an agenda to promote the false perception that some phenomena are symbolic of social injustice. Certain incidents are emphasized to create the impression of a “trend” when there is not really a trend at all.



45 Responses to “Demetrius Blackwell, 35, Charged in Shooting of NYPD Officer Brian Moore”

  1. trangbang68
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 1:33 pm

    The sentiment I’m hearing a lot from people wearied by the racial narrative and hypocrisy of the left is let the cops quit policing and see what the inner cities become. Understandable reaction but people like Officer Moore wouldn’t do that anyway because they’re better than that.
    All I can say is “make the world a better place/ slap Al Sharpton in the face”

  2. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 1:44 pm



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  5. Anon Y. Mous
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 2:24 pm

    However, in a nation of 300 million people, it is a simple trick to pick some phenomenon you want to criticize and then say, “Look, here is a Example A, and there is Example B and, oh, look! Now we have Example C — it’s an epidemic!”

    Heh. Don’t you hate it when others horn in on your technique. If you look hard enough, you might even spot a trend.

  6. Prime Director
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 2:34 pm

    Collectively, we need to minimize the production and distribution of violence, and empowering a monopoly on the initiation of force is a good way to do so… I think.

    I think maybe the State acting as initiatory-force-monopolist results in typical sub-optimal “market” conditions e.g. high prices levels, supply constraints and barriers to entry. I’m pretty sure we’re better off with a hampered, inefficient market for the initiation of the use of force and that means leaving its provision to a monopolist i.e. the State.

    Or do economies of scale swamp these effects?

    Does anyone believe that a reduction in policing will result in a net decrease in violence crime?

  7. TimeandtheRani
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 2:55 pm

    Isn’t that McCain’s actual point? He’s showing those stories to balance out the prevailing Evil Male narrative, while showing that you can paint a warped picture by isolating certain types of incidents? It’s what I take from this site anyway.

  8. DeadMessenger
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 3:12 pm

    A teduction in policing will increase violent crime. Cripes, look at what happens when police stand down during a riot.

    However, I don’t like the state “acting as initiatory-force-monopolist”, as it has time after time proven its own stupidity and bad judgment. While there might be something to be said about local cops being free to use their own common sense, at the end of the day, they are ruled by agenda driven, idiot narcissists, i.e., bureaucracies.

    Only solution I can think of is a well-armed, open carry populace, trained to use their weapons properly. And no weapon should be denied such individuals. If thugs stand to be shot dead by any of a number of people for their thuggishness, violent crime will be dramatically reduced. IMHO, anyway.

  9. darleenclick
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

    Somehow you missed the last paragraph that begins.

    The phenomenon in question (for example, lesbian school teachers molesting teenage girls) may actually be quite rare,

    but thanks for playing.

  10. concern00
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 3:36 pm

    I don’t think our troll has very good reading and comprehension skills. Must be a product of the common core.

  11. gothamette
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 3:51 pm

    I grew up in that neighborhood. It was a sleepy little village within the confines of NYC city limits when I grew up there. Lots of cops and firemen lived there. The idea that a cop would be shot in the face was literally unthinkable.

    I’m sick to my stomach.

  12. Prime Director
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 3:54 pm

    Only the State should have to power to INITIATE force.

    Self-defense, or a forceful response to violent aggression, is still an individual right and responsibility.

  13. Jeanette Victoria
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 4:18 pm

    Way in the dark ages when I was in school we were actualy taught how to spot propaganda, even the salad of said propaganda. Since pretty much all education is now propaganda I assume how to spot it isn’t taught anymore.

  14. jaymil323
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 4:33 pm

    There is a narrative to promote. The narrative is all that is holy. I swear sometimes that it seems we are now living in a dystopian science fiction story. This plotline is not going to have a happy ending. Stock up on supplies folks.

  15. jaymil323
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 4:36 pm

    Way back in the dark ages there were civics and poly sci classes. The populace has been dumbed down by omission.

  16. Jeanette Victoria
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 4:41 pm

    Yup I took those as well

  17. robertstacymccain
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 5:10 pm

    Rush Limbaugh says, “I don’t need ‘balance.’ I am balance!”

  18. Fail Burton
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 5:29 pm

    In Critical Race Theory the routine and the anecdotal change places by the simple act of lying. What’s really disturbing is how many people fall for this act. In addition to CRT radical feminist intersectionalism has added punching up theory to guarantee the innocent get charged and the guilty never do. That is George Orwell’s world and we are living in it.

  19. Fail Burton
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 5:30 pm

    I thought I was balance, which I inherited from my cousin who was balance before me.

  20. Adobe_Walls
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 5:36 pm

    And yet somehow unbalanced

  21. RS
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 5:52 pm

    Anytime one hears, “There is a problem ‘X,’ which must be solved by [fill in the blank with something which diminishes freedom and arrogates power to the state],” the first question should be “what is the magnitude of this problem?” Only then can we determine whether the sacrifice of personal liberty is worth the solution.

    Even when the magnitude is honestly stated, however, the enemies of freedom rely in the innumeracy of the general public to push through their agenda anyway.

    As an example, I recall early in the administration’s first term, the FDA advocating for rules regulating farmers’ markets. That is, assuming legal control over private gardens. The justification was an “epidemic of salmonella.” In the fine print, the FDA estimated that there were thirty thousand cases a year, or about one percent of the population at most. In other words the FDA didn’t know how many cases there actually were. Further, there was no data indicating how many cases were caused by food purchased at farmers’ markets versus those caused by idiots eating undercooked chicken. Nevertheless, the worthies breathlessly told us having our gardens federalized was for our own good. (The uproar was great and the rules didn’t become enacted ultimately.)

    Unfortunately, our media is so in the tank for the progressive agenda, no one asks these sorts of questions, nor is any counter-viewpoint presented, or if so, it is shouted down. The rape culture, one-in-five business is the perfect recent example.

  22. Nan
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 6:05 pm

    No because the reason we have the 2nd amendment was George IIIs attempted gun grabs at Lexington & Concord.

  23. Prime Director
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 6:37 pm

    The only legitimate purpose of government is to secure our rights.

  24. Prime Director
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 7:01 pm

    To disarm the populace is to deny them the ability to defend their God-given right to live free and prosper.

  25. Squid Hunt
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 7:53 pm

    Enter Al Sharpton to call for the formation of a national police force.

  26. Squid Hunt
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 7:54 pm

    Which is why I crack up every time some lefty troll demands facts and statistics or rejects my anecdote.

  27. Quartermaster
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 8:19 pm

    And that is the reason why government is no illegitimate. It is actively seeking to deny our rights.

  28. Daniel Freeman
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 8:28 pm

    I think they’re doing Alinsky rule 4 — “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules” — but generalized into holding the enemy to standards that you don’t follow. Hypocrisy for me, but not for thee. Radical, man!

  29. DeadMessenger
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 8:46 pm

    I disagree that only the state should have the power to initiate force.

    If, for one of many examples, someone breaks into my home, I’M going to initiate some force, and to hell with the state.

    I daresay that there may even be more valid examples of a law-and-Constitution-abiding citizen initiating force, than valid examples of the state initiating it; namely because the state cannot (and better not) be everywhere at once.

  30. Prime Director
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 9:28 pm

    If you shoot a trespasser in your home in the middle of the night, I dare say most of us would consider that a possible instance of lawful self-defense rather then lawless aggression.

    But you can’t usurp the prerogatives of the State and meter out justice. If I owe you money, you can’t hold me a gun point and forceably dispossess me. If I run into your car and your loved one dies, you can’t execute me. If my words offend you you can’t physically throttle me or verbally threaten or harrass me into silence.

  31. theoldsargesays
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 10:06 pm

    “..”make the world a better place/ slap Al Sharpton in the face”
    It’s a life long dream of mine.

  32. Mike G.
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 10:10 pm

    Dude, I’m pretty damn sure none of the other responders are advocating what you just posted. But, that being said, there’s something to be said for vigilantism.

    Most jurisdictions have provisions for self defense, unless of course, you live in DC or Chicago, for instance. Its called the Castle Doctrine…you come into my house to do me or my family harm and I’ll blow your fucking brains out.

    It is what it is.

  33. Mike G.
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 10:10 pm

    Mine too Brother!

  34. theoldsargesays
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 10:37 pm

    I’ve thought how nice it would be to wake up one morning and hear on the news “Last night in Manhattan, the Reverend Al Sharpton was pushed in front of a bus by an unknown person. Despite their best efforts NYFD paramedics were unable to reach the scene until after the Reverend succumbed to his tragic injuries.”

    If ever a person deserved to die for just being a dick, All Sharpton is that person.

  35. Prime Director
    May 3rd, 2015 @ 11:15 pm

    I’m advocating “not-anarchy”, which means accepting the existence of a State with the exclusive lawful authority to coerce and ultimately kill people who won’t obey the law.

    I’m also advocating recognition of the right to use deadly force in self defense.

    I was bored and drew an analogy to monopolistic competition. It gets a bit metajargon word-salady but I still think its a good analogy.

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  37. Daniel Freeman
    May 4th, 2015 @ 4:13 am

    According to the seven-stage hate model, it looks like big-city progressives are already at stage six — “the hate group attacks the target with weapons” — in their hatred of business and law.

    The only stage left is the one where they destroy the target, and as Alinsky said, “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative” (rule 11). The rioters do not appear to have a coherent proposal for the alternatives.

    At best — at best! — you could make an argument that the haters have an incoherent proposal to replace business and law with “free” government money and gang “protection” rackets, respectively. They are violating not only rule 11, but I believe also 9 and 10, since they have actualized their threat and are creating sympathy for the police.

    In conclusion, combining the insights of these two very different models for the progressives’ actions, I believe that they will fail, and that their failure will lead to an escalation of violence, which will lead to more failure, and so on in a vicious cycle, until they finally attempt to destroy the targets of the hatred — business and law — once and for all.

  38. Fail Burton
    May 4th, 2015 @ 5:06 am

    Institutionalized self-pity doesn’t need a rule book. These people are civilizationally incapable of taking responsibility for their lives.

  39. Steve Skubinna
    May 4th, 2015 @ 7:35 am

    If troll had decent reading and comprehension skills, then troll would be participating in the discussion instead of flinging feces.

  40. Steve Skubinna
    May 4th, 2015 @ 7:35 am

    Soylent Green is people!

  41. Steve Skubinna
    May 4th, 2015 @ 7:36 am

    And what is a universal characteristic of police states?

    A state police.

  42. DeadMessenger
    May 4th, 2015 @ 8:53 am

    “If my words offend you you can’t…harrass me into silence.”

    On the internet you can, lol

  43. Ilion
    May 4th, 2015 @ 11:15 am

    At first glance, I read the vibrant person’s name as “Detrius” (that is, as a misspelling of “detritus”), and thought, “How fitting.”

  44. Grandson Of TheGrumpus
    May 4th, 2015 @ 4:59 pm

    All those assaults on police…

    I daresay Mr. Detritus Maxwell has finally achieved his life?long thuggish heart’s desire: (1)3 squares a day free for life; (2) someone who will “always behind him”, named Buba.

  45. Squid Hunt
    May 4th, 2015 @ 6:54 pm

    Not really that radical. My four year old employs the same methods.