On January 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. NYPD’s 9th Precinct in the East Village will conduct a memorial service between 1st and 2nd Avenues, marking the 40th anniversary of the deaths of Officer Gregory Foster and Officer Rocco Laurie.  The memorial is open to the public.

Officer Foster and Officer Laurie were assassinated by members of the Black Liberation Army while walking their beat on Avenue B and East 11th Street in the 9th.   Three or four suspects walked past them, spun around, and opened fire.  They were both shot in the back.. After the officers fell, the killers shot them several more times.

Officer Foster served with the New York City Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife, two children, parents, and five siblings.  Officer Laurie was 23.  He had been an NYPD officer for 2 years.  Officer Foster and Officer Laurie were both U.S. Marine Corps veterans.  EOW January 27, 1972.

The Black Liberation Army was a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States in the late 1960’s and early1970’s. The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers, and violent attacks which left many police officers wounded.

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