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Police Officer Rocco W. Laurie | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Rocco W. Laurie

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, January 27, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 11019

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/27/1972

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: One later shot and killed

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Officer Rocco Laurie and Officer Gregory Foster 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 pass 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 in 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 Laurie had served with the agency for two years. He was survived by his wife. Officer Laurie and Officer Foster served in the U.S. Marine Corps together and were Vietnam combat veterans. When they joined the New York City Police Department they requested to be assigned to the same Precinct.

Officer Laurie is buried at Saint Peters Cemetery in West New Brighton, New York.

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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Thinking of you two this day as I read about the horrible assassinations of the two officers in NYC yesterday - was out yesterday doing the holiday things and it will forever be a tragic season for the two families. I recall the movie - I believe that was the first time I became aware and then bought a paperback book about the slayings - when I was 13 or so. It never ends!

Doug Easterly
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December 21, 2014

 

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