NYPD Shot and Killed a Mentally Ill Black Man in Brooklyn
06 April, 2018, 04:24 | Author: Lynette Payne
"We would say should anything happen to him, we just have to do what we can do".
The video released Thursday shows Saheed Vassell aggressively pointing an object at pedestrians that turned out to be an L-shaped piece of pipe.
The death of Saheed Vassell on Wednesday was the latest fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by police, fueling more protests and heightening a nationwide debate over the use of excessive force by police and accusations of racial bias in the criminal justice system.
The shooting drew a tense, charged crowd of dozens to the streets of Crown Heights.
The police found a man who matched descriptions from the 911 callers, Monahan said. But, he didn't lay blame on the officers.
Another caller said Vassell "looks like he's insane". As The Atlantic pointed out in 2017, numerous tactics used by police officers - including verbal commands and escalation of force - can have an adverse affect on people with mental illnesses or disabilities. Those calls summoned police to the corner of Montgomery St. and Utica Ave., the NYPD said.
The terms of the settlement also state that the plaintiffs in the case will be allowed to provide input on a forthcoming NYPD policy guide that will cover proper conduct and guidelines for its investigations.
NY police officers fatally shot a black man Wednesday after they received reports that he was threatening people in Brooklyn with a gun.
Wednesday's shooting sparked an intense standoff between angry residents who knew Vassell and police.
An image apparently of Saheed Vassell during the confrontation, as pulled from security camera footage and provided by the New York Police Department. Vassell pointed the object at the arriving officers in what police officials described as a "two-handed shooting stance", four opened fire, shooting a combined 10 times.
Officers responded after receiving three 911 emergency calls saying a man was pointing an "object that appears to be a gun" at people on the street, said Terence Monahan, Chief of Department for the NY police.
NY police shot and killed a mentally ill black man on a Brooklyn street who they said was brandishing a metal object at passersby that witnesses believed was a firearm.
As many as 200 onlookers gathered at the scene, resident Shaya Tenenbaum told The Associated Press, and several of them shouted at police.
The incident started shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday when officers received 911 calls of a man aiming what callers described as a silver firearm at people in Brooklyn, Monahan said.
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