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New York Police kill unarmed man mistaking pipe for gun

06 April, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • The victim was shot multiple times in Crown Heights Brooklyn

"The suspect then took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at the approaching officers", the police chief said.

Monahan said video from the scene backed up what officers said happened.

After the shooting, investigators found a "pipe with some sort of knob at the end", the chief said, holding another image during the briefing. The officers applied first aid and called for an ambulance to take him to Kings County Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The African-American man, who was unarmed, was standing outside the home where he lived with his grandparents and two young children when the officers shot him eight times.

At that point, all four officers fired their guns, 10 bullets in all, shooting and killing Saheed Vassell. When we encounter him, he turns what appears to be a gun at the officers. "We have to stay straight on the facts with this incident today". Police released surveillance stills of Vassell pointing the object at pedestrians.

Police said Wednesday around 7:30 p.m. that it may have been a pipe in the man's hands.

When officers arrived at the street corner, they encountered Vassell, who matched the description provided by the 911 callers.

Jaccbot Hinds, who was one of the witnesses at the time of shooting, said officers jumped out of their unmarked police vehicle and fired at the victim without warning.




Settlement talks started soon after October 13, 2015, when a federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled the lawsuit could move forward, Khera said.

He added that it "as advocates is our intent to continue to work closely with Muslim communities in ensuring that the NYPD is actually doing what they say they are going to be doing, and ensure compliance".

"They didn't say "freeze, ' they didn't say "put your hands up", Witness Jack Hinds said". He said Vassell had "a profound mental health problem". He loved to dance and was widely known to be mentally ill.

"A police department not acknowledging wrongdoing is akin to a congressman's 'No comment.'" Farhaj said. "He shouldn't be shot".

The victim has not been identified, but witnesses told WABC he was well known in the area. He has no issue with violence.

The video also shows 911 call transcripts of neighborhood residents who reported the man to police.

"Black Lives Matter" demonstrators commemorate the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown. But the crowd remained peaceful and dispersed later on Wednesday. On March 18, Sacramento police killed 22-year-old Stephon Clark as they responded to reports of a vandal in a neighborhood. Before, the law had room for a legal loophole, wherein an officer would be able to claim that the sex they'd had with someone they'd detained was a consensual act, and then face only a misdemeanor for official misconduct, The Hill reports.

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