Name : Foster, Gregory 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 13737 Command: 009 Pct.
Date of Death: 1972-01-27   Cause of Death: Shot-Assassination by perpetrators
 Patrolman Rocco Laurie and Patrolman 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 walked down the street, four suspects came out of a dark doorway behind them and opened fire, shooting them in the back. After the officers fell, the suspects took their handguns and shot them several more times.   
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My father, the late Ptl. Michael (Mike) Weston, 19939 (d. 3-29-98) spent many years in the 9th Pct. and retired from there in Sept. 1976. I recall so clearly as a high school senior that morning of 1-27-72 when the news came on and I heard about both officers having been killed. I told my father about what had happened and who it was as he was at home that day. He was visibly shaken and as in as much disbelief as everyone else surely had been. Knowing both officers on the job, how they got through Vietnam,partnered in the NYPD and were starting out in their careers, the shock of their murders was intense. Remembering all of those who are now gone and keeping them in our hearts as NYPD family members is a tribute to their devotion, loyalty, courage and belief in the job! ? Elizabeth Weston
— Elizabeth Weston

Please check we are honoring this officer on our 10-13 officer down page.
— Joe Sanchez Picon

it is a common misperception that officers foster and laurie served together in the USMC in vietnam. they did not. not in the same unit, or even during the same years. officer foster was decorated with bothe the bronze star and the silver star. there is a book documenting this. i thought i had a copy, but i do not. will try to find same and list it. has no bearing on the terrible murders of these two brave men, but just in the interest of accuracy
— bill doherty

I served in the United States Marine Corps in vietnam with Greg Foster, and I was shocked when I learned of his tragic death. We were in G Co., 2ndBattalion,4thMarines and Greg was a M-60 machine gunner. Greg was highly decorated for his bravery in combat and he was always a hero to all who served with him. I also remember him as a proud black man who certainly didn't deserve to die in such a tragic way. May Greg rest in peace and may we never forget him.
— Dan Waggoner

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 15, 2006, 12:57 pm

I was just a little girl living on East 9th Street when Foster and Laurie were killed. They would stop on their beat and play jump rope with all of the children. We admired and trusted them so much. I can still see my father heading out the door to see what was happening around the corner the night they were shot. We sat on the fire escape and listened to the sounds of the police alarms; not knowing that it was OUR cops who had been shot. I was shocked and very very sad. They were two very fine men.
— Rachel
Posted: January 23, 2007, 10:27 am

I remember the events of that evening very well, I was working in TPF with a partner who I do not recall at this time and we were assigned on Ave B as our post. We worked 6PM to 2PM. That night our TPF base of operation was in the 7th pct. I remember the two Officers from the 9th pct. Foster and Laurie passing us up and exchanging greetings. My partner and I got a lift back to the 7th pct. and went on meal. It was during this time that we heard a call of a 10-13 in the 9th pct.. We jumped in the nearest vehicle and raced with sirenes whaling to the location of E. 11 st right off Ave B. The officers were where on the sidewalk gunned down and a light snow was covering them. That night it was very chaotic. We new that members of the BLA were responsible and and a description of black males was put over the radio. We were stopping every car and searching the area rooftops for these suspects. It was later learn the next day that they had used the subway for their escape. Two hero cops ambushed, may they rest in Peace and never forgotten.
— Det. Dominick Filipponi
Posted: February 4, 2007, 4:34 am

Greg and I graduated From Francis Lewis H.S. Queens NY in 1968. We had home room together and gym class. Greg always had a smile and a good word for all. We were not close, but knew each other and color did not matter. I attended this Officer Funeral as an Aux Police Officer from the (old)107 Pct, and remember many times we met for lunch or in the halls in High School. I moved to become a Deputy Sheriff In Ft. Worth Tx, and this man should never be forgotten for someone that was cut down very early in life. May my brother officer, and friend rest in peace. Howard Kotarski Deputy Sheriff Tarrant County, Texas
— Howard Kotarski
Posted: October 14, 2010, 4:14 pm

Greg, You and Rocco are always New Yorks Finest and never forgotten. Matt Retired NYPD
— Matt English
Posted: December 1, 2007, 6:52 pm

I was the trainee academy partner of Greg Foster (my name began with an "E" and his an "F") he was company commander because he had served in the Marines in Vietnam. We worked together as trainees in BCI and became good friends. We got our shields in 1971 and he was assigned to the 9th and I was assigned to the 32. I saw him in court a few days before he was assassinated and we caught up on old times. He was a good friend and I think of him often. May he rest in peace.
— Retired Detective John Enders
Posted: December 22, 2007, 12:26 pm

I just looked at my NYPD class picture (Company Q), and there was Greg. As my last name is Davis, and we assembled for muster in alphabetical order, Greg was always next to me in line and in class. We were friends and brothers in blue, and his death is still a sad thing to recall. God bless Greg and his family members and all the members of the NYPD!
— Tommy Davis
Posted: July 29, 2009, 11:08 am

I grew up in the Bronxdale Houses in the Bronx in the building nest to Gregory's and was good friends with him a nd his family .These are the same housing projects that Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor grew up in.
— Joseph Bromfield
Posted: August 9, 2009, 10:01 pm

I remember waking up the following morning and hearing that two officers had been shot and killed on Avenue B and 11th Street. On my way to school via the Avenue B bus that morning, I couldn't help but feel a deep sadness as I rode past 11th Street and saw the officers' blood still visible within the now frozen snow, a sight that remains vivid to this day.
— Gladys Ayan
Posted: August 17, 2009, 6:55 pm

Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie wanted to be partnered up on patrol in the 9th. Being as they were both Marines, both served in Vietnam, were a year apart in age, and were both rookies, the "served in Vietnam together" may have been added to seal the deal. Their case is still open and active.
— Tom McHale
Posted: October 29, 2009, 5:17 pm

3/2/2010 Today was the Funeral Service for Clyde Henderson Foster age 90, the father of Police Officer Gregory Foster. Clyde Foster passed away on Friday, Feb.26,2010 of "Natural" causes. Clyde remained an independent individual until his passing in his sleep. Clyde vividedly spoke of his son, Gregory's death and the unresolved capture of Shirley Chisholm that was a member of the "Black Panthers"! In Clyde's mind his son was taken from him and those involved should of been prosecuted to the fullest. As a close member to the family it was an "Honor" to see that the father of Gregory Foster was given "FULL" honors today by the "Ninth Precent of New York City Police Department" that Patrolman Gregory Foster represented to the fullest with his life!
— Kerry Williams
Posted: March 3, 2010, 11:15 pm

I will always remember you and Rocco I know it's been a long time but you will always be in the 9th Pct walking the Beat. May god bless you.
— Larry
Posted: March 26, 2010, 3:11 pm

I was badly wounded in Vietnam in March of 1969 while serving with Greg Foster. I did not know of his whereabouts or tragic death until today, over 40 years later. It was Greg that strapped me to a jungle penetrator hook to be hoisted up to a hovering medivac helicopter. He reassured a bloodied young Marine that they would get me out and I would be ok. For that and much more I am eternally grateful to Greg. Semper Fi and God bless you my friend. - Ken Keidel
— Ken Keidel
Posted: April 8, 2010, 3:25 pm

I am the NYPD detective who recovered the physical evidence at 11 & B that had the fingerprints of the killers. I was told earlier today that there would be no arrest or prosecution of the last confessed killer. It has been over 34 years and I can still see the blood against the snow that had fallen that night and the image still haunts my dreams. What does it take to get justice for our fallen? What can we do? 562/438-7910
— Phil Zimmermann
Posted: August 16, 2010, 5:56 pm

Greg, for all the good times we had in BCI as trainees before we got our shields. I think about you all the time and know you sit at the right hand of the father. If any of the current politicians had any guts they would get Joanne Chesimard in Cuba, and bring her back to the states for the murders of at least 4 cops. You (Greg), Rocco, and New Jersey Trooper Werner after she was allowed to escape from jail and get pregnant while on trial. God Bless You Greeg
— John Enders
Posted: November 30, 2011, 12:54 pm

I am looking for anyone and everyone who knew PO's Foster and Laurie, and who knows how to contact the families of both. We, the current members of the Fighting Ninth are having a memorial ceremony on the 40th anniversary of our tragic loss. Please contact me at 917-642-2109 0r The ceremony will be held Jan 27th at 1100 at the station house
— Deryk Blair
Posted: January 5, 2012, 3:07 pm

Several years ago, this weekend, I had an alergic reaction to contrasting CAT SCAN Dye which landed me in Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, N.Y. I spent one night on the 2nd floor and a second night on the 3rd,. floor where I met Nurse Jackson. We talked about nurses schedules and how she wished that she worked a 12 hour shift. I told her that as a Sergeant in Briarcliff Manor P.D. I worked 12 hr. shifts and they were great. She then told me that her brother was a NYPD officer who was killed in the line of duty when she was 13. His name was Gregory Foster. I told her that I was in College working in the City on the night he was killed,and I remembered it. In May of that same year, as a member of the Blue Knights L.E.M.C., I attended Police Week in Washington D.C. I went to the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial and etched Officer Foster's name on a piece of paper and took a picture and gave it to his sister when I returned to Carmel.
— Sgt. Nick Tritto B.M.P.D. Retired
Posted: January 11, 2012, 4:24 pm

Greg and I were police trainees in BCI. We were good friends.He joked with me after we got our Patrolmen Shields and I went back to work in BCI just six weeks after I became a patrolman. Just a couple of days before his death he came to BCI to go to lunch in Little Italy. He was very modest and tough and a great person to have as a friend. I can never forget our last meeting before his death And I will always cherish it.
— Det. John Whimple (Ret )
Posted: January 14, 2012, 10:52 pm

As a retired police officer from the NYPD,it is an honor to leave a comment in this memorial site for these two fine officer's "Foster & Laurie" may you both rest in peace.
— Luis Rivera
Posted: January 15, 2012, 9:34 pm

CONTINUED REST IN PEACE TO MY BROTHERS IN BLUE...NEVER FORGET..Jack Kleehaas...USMC '64 to '68.... Vietnam 1st Bn 1st Mar.'67 & '68...FDNY '68 to '09.
— Jack Kleehaas
Posted: January 28, 2012, 4:55 am

I was a 'white shield' in the Bureau of Special I was a detective in the non-existent "Bureau of Special Services" back then and was sent over to the scene the following morning since I had lived at 11 & A in prior years when I first joined the NYPD. The five foot wide pool of blood on the newly fallen snow has been part of my ongoing nightmares from those years. There was a Deputy NYPD Commissioner named Daley as I recall who later wrote a book called "Target Blue' in which he referred to'a detective' who had recovered fingerprint and other evidence within yards of the killing of Foster & Laurie. I am/was that detective and I still want to see justice done even after 40 years. Around the time of the 40th anniversey of the slaughter, I sent a personnel e-mail to Commissioner Kelly, who was a Sgt. first reponder asking him directly why this BLA double cop homicide has resulted in NO arrests, NO prosections, and no convictions; something that has never happened in the long and storied history of the NYPD! President Theordore Roosevelt was a past NYPD Commisioner; do you think that would allowed such a tragedy to go unaddressed? I think not! I still have all the "lost" fingerprint files et al. and I want to see "The Right Thing Done" as we used to say in the day. If you feel as I do that Foster & Laurie still deserve justice after all these years, feel free to contact me. As a brotherhhod in arms, we need to have closure on this, epecially for the Foster & Laurie families who were devastated by these senseless murders.
— Phil Ziimermann
Posted: May 5, 2012, 4:02 pm

I remember the events well having lived and still live in alphabet city at that time, it was so shocking that it was the talk of the neighborhood for a long time, 3 years later in 1975 2 other officers were killed just 6 blocks from where Laurie & Foster were killed, one of those officers was Sgt. Frederick Reddy who was the sargent to both laurie & foster, thats 4 officers from the same 9th precient in the same neighborhood killed in a 3 year period, thats how bad the neighborhood was back then, it still is a little bad, but nothing like back then. A 1975 made for T.V. movie about the lives, careers, and deaths of laurie & foster with the same title was made. I have been looking for it, but have been unable to find it. I would appreciate any information that anyone may have in locating this film.
— Angel Molina
Posted: September 6, 2012, 6:52 am

P.S. Just a reminder in case anyone has information on the film Laurie & Foster about these fine and heroic officers I can be contacted at AngeMolina4@Aol.Com
— Angel Molina
Posted: September 6, 2012, 7:15 am

I remembered these 2 officers from seeing their made tv movie as teenager.I will never forget them
— Christine
Posted: January 15, 2013, 4:28 pm

I was reading in one of the comments that they named Shirley Chisholm as on of the shooters from the BLA that killed Greg foster and Rocco laurie. It was Joann Chesmard who escaped from the clinton CorrectionalFacility in N.J. and went to Cuba.
— Ed Burmeister
Posted: January 27, 2013, 8:31 am

I recently learned of the passing of Gregory's wife, Jacqueline.She raised their two children all alone after that dreadful night in January, 1972. Jackie was devoted to his memory and raised two wonderful children, never forgetting her husband and the love they shared. She is resting in his arms now, finally together. Rest in peace, my friend, and know that you will never be forgotten. Adelaide Laurie (widow of Police Officer Rocco Laurie).
— Adelaide Laurie
Posted: May 10, 2013, 9:57 am

Ptl Foster, you were taken from us by cowards, revolutionaries that were going to trample everyones rights to give themselves more rights. You are a true inspiration to all the young men and woman who want to make something of themselves. You may have passed but you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Gregory. We pray for you and all the other cops joined in heaven that were taken from us by these cowards.
— Tommy
Posted: January 27, 2014, 4:30 am

What was the name of the made for cable TV film released in the 1990s starring actor James Woods investigating the 1971 Polo Grounds shooting of two NYPD officers in the parking lot on 155st and Harlem River Drive? The Foster & Laurie case may be linked to this earlier shooting in 71.
— Cal Davis
Posted: January 28, 2014, 5:23 am

Peace to you and your family. Codladh go maith le Mo dhearthair (sleep well my brother)
Posted: March 15, 2014, 10:41 am

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. May you rest in peace.
Posted: March 15, 2014, 2:09 pm

Like Gregory Foster, I joined NYPD after my USMC tour and combat action in Viet Nam was over. I wanted to make NY a better and safer place. I would see him at 100 Centre Street, Criminal Court, when we were both processing arrests. He was in our bordering precinct. I was in the 5th. He once said, "When I am out there I want the streets cleared of the bad guys".. GOD bless him and his partner.Policing in the 70's was tough with the BLA and BPP targeting Black cops as traitors..
— Bill Moses
Posted: April 26, 2014, 2:50 am

Gregory Foster was my brother-in-law. He will always be is missed and remembered. My wife still feels the pain of anguished over his loss and the senseless violence that took him away. Gregory was next to her I age. Two more of his siblings have passed since his death, along with both of his parents. May God forever watch over them.
— David C. Wilson
Posted: November 28, 2014, 11:17 am

I was marking my 16th birthday the night officers Foster and Laurie were murdered, January 27,1972. Glad to see people these days are holding vigils for the two officers recently murdetrd.
— John Graham
Posted: December 28, 2014, 5:20 pm

I was born and raised on the LES. Just minutes after Officer Foster and his partner were assasinated, I was exiting a NYC bus on Avenue B. I will never forget the look of horror on the faces of responding officers to the location and the police presence. I was 23 years old and to me it felt like the world had come to an end. Tragic.
— Regina Massaro
Posted: December 29, 2014, 2:34 pm

The times have changed, but the people who hate authority will never change. We continue to ray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: January 26, 2015, 6:50 am

TO CAL DAVIS - The name of the movie based on the assasinations of Piagentini and Jones, who weer assassinated in the area of the Polo Grounds (Go Giants! lol) is "Badge of the Assassin" - Great Flick but the book was much better because it was much more detailed and told the whole story inch by inch. The movie was based on the book of the same title written by Robert Tananbaum, a former Manhattan A.D.A. who was a really good guy. I dealt with him a couple of times when I worked Manhattan. He has written a few books and all of them are excellent reading ----- "Foster and Laurie" was based on the book of the same title. I didn't think the movie was that great. The book was written by Al Silverman.
— ProudPD - Will Sekzer
Posted: February 14, 2015, 12:47 pm



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