Thousands attend funeral for slain New York City policeman

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Thousands of policemen from around the United States gathered on Friday at the funeral of a 25-year-old New York City officer who was shot in the head while on patrol, making him the third member of the NYPD killed in the line of duty since December.

Services for the New York Police Department's Brian Moore at a Roman Catholic church in a Long Island suburb were attended by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner William Bratton and dozens of other dignitaries.

"He knew he was making the city safer, he knew he was making a difference in people's lives. It energized him," de Blasio said in eulogizing Moore. The decorated, five-year veteran of the force had followed his father and uncle into the NYPD.

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Police officers salute as the procession for New York City Police officer Brian Moore passes after his funeral mass, Friday, May 8, 2015, at the St. James Roman Catholic church in Seaford, N.Y. The 25-year-old died Monday, two days after he was shot in Queens. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Police officers salute as the procession for New York City Police officer Brian Moore passes after his funeral mass, Friday, May 8, 2015, at the St. James Roman Catholic church in Seaford, N.Y. The 25-year-old died Monday, two days after he was shot in Queens. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A heavily armed police officer stands guard near the funeral Mass for New York Police Department Officer Brian Moore, Friday, May 8, 2015, at the St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, N.Y. The 25-year-old died Monday, two days after he was shot in Queens, while on patrol. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
The casket of New York City Police officer Brian Moore is carried from Saint James Roman Catholic Church, in Seaford, NY, Friday, May 8, 2015. As many as 30,000 police officers from across the United States are expected to pay their respects at the Long Island funeral for the 25-year-old officer slain on patrol. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
Police officers salute as the casket of New York City police officer Brian Moore is carried from the the St. James Roman Catholic church after his funeral mass, Friday, May 8, 2015, in Seaford, N.Y. The 25-year-old died Monday, two days after he was shot in Queens. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives at the funeral for fallen New York City police officer Brian Moore at a Long Island church on May 8, 2015 in Seaford, New York. Officer Moore died last Monday after being shot in the head while on duty two days earlier in Queens. The 25-year-old officer and his partner stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun when the man opened fire on them. As many as 30,000 police officers from across the United States payed their respects at the Long Island funeral. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A couple of police officers embrace as they arrive for the funeral mass of New York City police officer Brian Moore, Friday, May 8, 2015, at the St. James Roman Catholic church in Seaford, N.Y. As many as 30,000 police officers from across the United States are expected to pay their respects at the Long Island funeral for Moore, who died Monday after being shot in the head while on duty two days earlier in Queens. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: Family members grieve, including father Raymond, as the casket for fallen New York City police officer Brian Moore leaves a Long Island church on May 8, 2015 in Seaford, New York. Officer Moore died last Monday after being shot in the head while on duty two days earlier in Queens. The 25-year-old officer and his partner stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun when the man opened fire on them. As many as 30,000 police officers from across the United States payed their respects at the Long Island funeral. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton (C) touches the casket of NYPD police officer Brian Moore, at the Saint James Roman Catholic Church on May 8, 2015 in Seaford, New York . Standing at left are John Miller; Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association; and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Officer Moore died last Monday after being shot in the head while on duty two days earlier in Queens. The 25-year-old officer and his partner stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun when the man opened fire on them. As many as 30,000 police officers from across the United States paid their respects at the Long Island funeral. (Photo by Richard Drew - Pool/Getty Images)
A couple of police officers embrace as they arrive for the funeral mass of New York City police officer Brian Moore, Friday, May 8, 2015, at the St. James Roman Catholic church in Seaford, N.Y. As many as 30,000 police officers from across the United States are expected to pay their respects at the Long Island funeral for Moore, who died Monday after being shot in the head while on duty two days earlier in Queens. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: Police officers line up outside funeral for NYPD Officer Brian Moore at St. James Roman Catholic Church May 8, 2015 in Seaford, New York. Officer Moore, 25, died two days after being shot in the head Saturday, May 2 while on patrol in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: Police officers gather outside funeral for NYPD Officer Brian Moore at St. James Roman Catholic Church May 8, 2015 in Seaford, New York. Officer Moore, 25, died two days after being shot in the head Saturday, May 2 while on patrol in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: Police officers line up outside funeral for NYPD Officer Brian Moore at St. James Roman Catholic Church May 8, 2015 in Seaford, New York. Officer Moore, 25, died two days after being shot in the head Saturday, May 2 while on patrol in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: A man on a bike waits outside the funeral for NYPD Officer Brian Moore at St. James Roman Catholic Church May 8, 2015 in Seaford, New York. Officer Moore, 25, died two days after being shot in the head Saturday, May 2 while on patrol in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Police officers salute as the casket carrying the remains of New York Police Department Officer Brian Moore arrives for his funeral Mass, Friday, May 8, 2015, at the St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, N.Y. The 25-year-old died Monday, two days after he was shot in Queens, while on patrol. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Jaimie Cerverizzo, right, and Johnny Wolcott, 2, of Plainedge, N.Y., pay their respects to police officer Brian Moore during his funeral mass at the St. James Roman Catholic church, Friday, May 8, 2015, in Seaford, N.Y. The 25-year-old died Monday, two days after he was shot in Queens. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: The hearse carrying the casket for fallen New York City police officer Brian Moore leaves a Long Island church on May 8, 2015 in Seaford, New York. Officer Moore died last Monday after being shot in the head while on duty two days earlier in Queens. The 25-year-old officer and his partner stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun when the man opened fire on them. As many as 30,000 police officers from across the United States payed their respects at the Long Island funeral. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: Police officers stand at attention as the casket for fallen New York City police officer Brian Moore is brought into a Long Island church on May 8, 2015 in Seaford, New York. Officer Moore died last Monday after being shot in the head while on duty two days earlier in Queens. The 25-year-old officer and his partner stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun when the man opened fire on them. As many as 30,000 police officers from across the United States payed their respects at the Long Island funeral. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: The casket for fallen New York City police officer Brian Moore is brought into a Long Island church on May 8, 2015 in Seaford, New York. Officer Moore died last Monday after being shot in the head while on duty two days earlier in Queens. The 25-year-old officer and his partner stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun when the man opened fire on them. As many as 30,000 police officers from across the United States payed their respects at the Long Island funeral. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: The casket for fallen New York City police officer Brian Moore is brought into a Long Island church on May 8, 2015 in Seaford, New York. Officer Moore died last Monday after being shot in the head while on duty two days earlier in Queens. The 25-year-old officer and his partner stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun when the man opened fire on them. As many as 30,000 police officers from across the United States payed their respects at the Long Island funeral. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: The casket for fallen New York City police officer Brian Moore is brought into a Long Island church on May 8, 2015 in Seaford, New York. Officer Moore died last Monday after being shot in the head while on duty two days earlier in Queens. The 25-year-old officer and his partner stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun when the man opened fire on them. As many as 30,000 police officers from across the United States payed their respects at the Long Island funeral. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: Police officers stand at attention as the casket for fallen New York City police officer Brian Moore is brought into a Long Island church on May 8, 2015 in Seaford, New York. Officer Moore died last Monday after being shot in the head while on duty two days earlier in Queens. The 25-year-old officer and his partner stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun when the man opened fire on them. As many as 30,000 police officers from across the United States payed their respects at the Long Island funeral. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Moore, who was promoted posthumuously to the rank of detective, is the latest reminder of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers in American cities. In December, two other New York patrolmen were fatally shot while sitting in their patrol car.U.S. Representative Peter King, a Republican representing the congressional district where Moore lived, said the officer's slaying attests to the courage and sacrifice that police make to protect the public.

"It's actually been a terrible year for the police because they've been attacked, they've been assailed and, meanwhile, they're being shot and murdered," he said before entering the church. "But the thing about cops is they keep going."

King's comments also reflected the politically charged climate that has enveloped police departments around the country, following several controversial episodes involving black men and deadly police force.

The deaths sparked demands for a review of police tactics and measures such as requiring officers to wear body cameras on duty.

Six Baltimore police officers were charged last week in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who sustained spinal injuries while in police custody. His death triggered a week of protests in the city, punctuated by a night of looting and arson.

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Absent from Moore's funeral at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, east of New York City, was any open sign of disdain for de Blasio, the mayor.

At the funerals in December and January, many officers turned their backs on the de Blasio when he eulogized the slain policemen, and said the mayor had fanned hostility to the police by failing to support them. Since then, relations between the mayor and police appear to have improved.

Moore was shot over the weekend in the borough of Queens after trying to question a man who then fired into his unmarked car. The officer, who was in plainclothes when he was shot, died of his wounds on Monday.

The suspect, Demetrius Blackwell, 35, was arrested shortly after the shooting and remained in custody. Police also recovered a five-shot revolver that had been stolen in Georgia in 2011.

In December, the gunman who killed officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos on a Brooklyn street had left messages saying he wanted to kill police at random out of vengeance for the death of black men at the hands of white officers. There were no indications that the suspect in Moore's shooting was similarly motivated.

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