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Police Officer Gregory P. Foster | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Gregory P. Foster

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, January 27, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 13737

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/27/1972

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: One later shot and killed

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Officer Gregory Foster and Officer Rocco Laurie were assassinated by members of the Black Liberation Army while walking their patrol beat on Avenue B and East 11th Street in the 9th Precinct.

As they were walking down the street, three or four suspects walked passed them, spun around, and opened fire, shooting them in their backs. After the officers fell, the killers took their handguns and shot them several more times.

On February 14,1972, one of two suspects was shot and killed in a gun battle with police in St. Louis, Missouri. The other suspect, arrested at the scene, had Officer Laurie's service revolver in his possession. He was returned to New York and charged with two counts of murder. He was acquitted in 1973. He was returned to Missouri where he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for convictions from the St. Louis incident. A third suspect was captured in New Orleans in 1973. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Patrolman Waverly Jones and Patrolman Joseph A. Piagentiai of the New York City Police Department on May 21, 1971.

Officer Foster had served with the New York City Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife, two children, parents, and five siblings. Officer Foster and Officer Laurie served in the U.S. Marine Corps together.

The Black Liberation Army was a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States government in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers around the country. They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded.

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I remember,as a child,watching the Foster & Laurie movie that told the story of two cops;black and white, and how they were so viciously and violently gunned down by a group of hate-filled,malicious,and cowardly excuses of men. It had saddened me to see two good men lose their lives in such a violent and needless way. Two men that had been blessed to find their way back from a terrible war unjustly lost theif lives on the streets they had sworn to serve and protect. Recently,while at the town's library I saw the book written by Al Silverman that covered the lives of these two brave men. Reading Foster and Laurie as an adult brought back the feelings of sadness and anger I had felt as a child,even more so. As an adult I now saw these men as children,brothers,soldiers,friends,husbands,a father,and as just extremely caring individuals. RIP,Foster & Laurie. My heart goes out to this family some 40 years later. May God bless you! may we rest assured that those cowards may have gotten away with serving justice here on earth but not in the Afterlife!!!

Lisa M. Erkins
January 29, 2013

 

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