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New York Police kill unarmed man mistaking pipe for gun

New York Police kill unarmed man mistaking pipe for gun

New York Police Department officers shot and killed a 34-year-old black man they believed was pointing a gun at people in Crown Heights Wednesday.

Pictured, Brooklyn man, Saheed Vassell.

"The suspect then took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at the approaching officers", NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said.

Four officers - with only one being in uniform - then fired around 10 rounds between them at Vassell, striking him multiple times, Monahan said.

Federal courts have approved two other settlements of lawsuits filed on behalf of Muslim religious and community leaders who alleged their civil rights were violated when they were unfairly targeted for NY police surveillance. They're just not going to admit it. It's nearly like they did a hit, Hinds said. They didn't say please. "They didn't say 'freeze, ' 'stop, ' do anything, 'put your hands up, ' nothing".

Vassell's father, 63-year-old Eric, said his son struggled with bipolar disorder, but refused to get treated.

"I'm really angry and I'm really upset because the police did not have to shoot my son down like that", she said. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is opening an investigation into the killing of Vassell, his office said Thursday morning. A federal district court ruled against them in 2014 but the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in a year later and said their lawsuit could proceed, comparing the surveillance to targeting of the Japanese during World War II. He added, "We were always anxious for him".

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Another resident said: 'All he did was just walk around the neighborhood. NYPD refused to answer if officers warned Vassell before firing, and none of the officers involved wore body cameras.

City Council member Mark Treyger, whose district includes the Brooklyn neighborhood where the alleged sexual assault occurred, sponsored a resolution asking the state to change the law soon after news of the alleged assault broke, Jacobin Mag reports.

Vassell's shooting, which took place on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, sparked anger among residents of the area who questioned why the police didn't restrain or taser him. They should not train them to kill. Everybody just knows he's just mentally challenged. 'He speaks to himself, usually he has an orange Bible or a rosary in his hand.

By mid-afternoon Thursday, more than 1,000 people had indicated on Facebook that they would attend a rally later in the day to demand justice for Vassell. "He never had a problem with anyone", victim's neighbor Andre Wilson told the Daily News.

NY police officers are taking lax immigration enforcement to a whole new level by participating in soccer teams with undocumented immigrants. Several news outlets reported that witnesses identified the man as a well-known figure in the neighborhood.

One of the witnesses said the entire community came out after the incident. He has no issue with violence.


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