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- Jan. 27, 1972 -
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New York City Police Dept. Patch
Resided: NY, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Jan. 27, 1972
Race/Sex: Black Male / 22 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: New York City Police Dept.
1 Police Plaza Path  
New York, NY   10038   USA
(646)610-5000
County: New York
Dept. Type: Municiple/Police
Hero's Rank: Officer
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Ambush
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 13737
On The Job: 1 years
Bio: Officer Foster and Officer Laurie served in the U.S. Marine Corps together.

Survived by:
Wife
& two children, parents, and five siblings.

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: NY   USA   Thu. Jan. 27, 1972
Summary: 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.

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.

Disposition: 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. Piagentini of the New York City Police Department on May 21, 1971.

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Related: Rocco W. Laurie
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