NY AG Opens Investigation Into Fatal Brooklyn Police Shooting

New York police shoot and kill Brooklyn man carrying metal pipe

Andre Wilson, 38, told the Daily News he had known Mr Vassell for 20 years.

On April 4, Saheed Vassell was killed at the intersection of Utica Avenue and Montgomery Street in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood by four NYPD officers who fired 10 rounds after police believed a piece of pipe he was holding was a gun, according to The Washington Post.

As police continue their probe into the fatal shooting of Saheed Vassell, 34, in Crown Heights on Wednesday, the NYPD released additional video of the incident.

"In this climate where victims of sexual assault across the country are thinking about events and crimes that occurred to them in the past and are wondering whether to report or not, we want them to know we are open for business", said Herman at a Friday news conference to announce the campaign.

"God forbid, someone is out there for whatever reason ready to use a weapon immediately, our officers have to intervene at the first available moment", Mr.de Blasio said. "That's an exceedingly hard, tense, split-second decision that has to be made". The city's medical examiner found he was hit seven to nine times, including one shot to the head.

Clarke said she looks forward to working with elected officials in ensuring that "the appropriate focus is given to addressing the mentally ill and their interactions with NYPD, and proper, clear and transparent protocols are in place to make sure that lethal force is used as a last resort when interacting with the mentally ill of our communities, so we can avoid losing another life to unnecessary violence".

Police said they thought Stephon Clark, 22, had a gun, but he was only carrying a mobile phone. "It's very sad because it's a dude from around here and a lot of people love him and he don't mess with anybody".

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His trial is likely to be a lengthy one, with a battle brewing over whether the state should keep paying Mr Zuma's legal bills. Former South African president Jacob Zuma appears at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban , South Africa on Friday.

At a vigil Thursday night, Vassell's mother, Lorna, said her son "came from a good home" and that he was not homeless.

But relatives of Mr. Vassell still questioned if he had to die.

Following the rally, a crowd of several hundred marched to the 71st Precinct, shutting down both lanes of traffic on Empire Boulevard.

The NYPD says 380 rapes were reported in the first three months of the year, an increase of 74, or almost 25 percent over the same period of 2017.

"The officers from the neighborhood, they know him".

Other speakers said that "911 callers, blood is on your hands as well as the NYPD", according to eyewitness accounts.

Clarke on Thursday welcomed the announcement by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that he will conduct an investigation into the police shooting death of an emotionally disturbed Jamaican national Wednesday evening.

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