Veteran cop says IMPD in ‘uncharted waters’ for officers’ funerals

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INDIANAPOLIS,  Ind. (April 20, 2014) — A retired cop who is both the husband of a police officer and the father of a son who lost his life in the line of duty agreed.

“It’s a very difficult time for us,” said Spencer Moore who spent 42 years as an Indianapolis policeman. “This is uncharted waters. We’re going to have to find a way to deal with both of these as best we can and give those families the support that they need.”

Moore was speaking of the Carmack family, and Dustin Carmack, Kim’s son who was wounded on the job two years ago, and the Anders family which will bury their son and nephew in relative privacy. Carmack will be laid to rest Wednesday with visitation set for Tuesday. Anders will be laid to rest Thursday with visitation scheduled for Wednesday.

“They are not unfamiliar with all of this pomp and circumstance that goes with an active duty officer’s death,” said Moore, “and I think they will be sensitive to that issue.”

David Moore was buried with full honors following a funeral in February 2011 after he was killed by an armed felon during a traffic stop.

“Angry doesn’t do anything but eat you up,” said Moore, “and it eats you from the inside out.”

Moore is confident that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department did all it could to protect Carmack and monitor Anders despite the tragic outcome to their deteriorating relationship.

“Anders made a decision. Nobody else made a decision. He made that decision and he took action on that decision and, unfortunately, it resulted in the end of his life and the end of Kim’s life.”

IMPD has a number of married officer couples, and sometimes those marriages are affected by personal relationships with other officers, yet Moore doesn’t think the department needs specialized counseling and investigations to help officers deal with domestic issues.

“Do they need to be treated differently? I couldn’t say that they do,” said Moore. “It’s a delicate area to be into. Where do you become intrusive or do you become helpful? Where are the lines and so forth?”

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