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New York officers kill black man after mistaking metal pipe for gun

The victim was shot multiple times in Crown Heights Brooklyn The victim was shot multiple times in Crown Heights Brooklyn
Allan Lindsey | 06 April, 2018, 04:23

"When police arrived on the scene, however, news reports cite that Vassell was actually holding a metal pipe and "took a two-handed shooting stance" and pointed at them". Four officers who were at the scene discharged their weapons, striking the man 10 times.

Monahan stressed officers believing the pipe that Vassell held in a braced shooting position to be that of a firearm.

Vassell lived just around the corner from where the shooting took place.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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

"It's not a crime scene!"

The NYPD on Thursday released surveillance videos showing the terrifying moments that prompted 911 calls and eventually ended with police fatally shooting a man in Brooklyn.

"Ten times?" another man demanded, referring to the number of rounds reportedly fired.

"We're committed to conducting an independent, comprehensive, and fair investigation".

"They murdered my son and I want justice for him", Lorna Vassell, his mother, said at the protest.

Vassell's father, Eric, told reporters that his son had been hospitalized several times for psychiatric problems, some involving encounters with the police, but was polite and kind, the AP reported. (The Post's database has not yet been updated to reflect Vassell's death.) Of those victims, a reported 54 people had a mental illness. "Every cop in this neighborhood knows him", Fuller said. "They killed him for no reason". "I thought I would wake up this morning and it's all a bad dream".

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'They just hopped out of the vehicle.

One witness, Jack Hinds, told NBC, "It's nearly like [the police] did a hit". They didn't say please. "They didn't say put your hands up, nothing".

Police later learned Vassell was holding a metal rod. You guys kill us!

The news came amid a broader debate about immigration enforcement in the United States where President Donald Trump pushed for tougher enforcement and some jurisdictions enacted so-called "sanctuary" policies limiting law enforcement's cooperation with federal authorities.

The police said officers "observed a man fitting the description the 911 caller provided and engaged the suspect". Clark's death triggered weeks of intense protests and public outrage in Sacramento.

Crown Heights residents took to the streets on Wednesday night to express their displeasure with the incident.

"Let's play out the scenario had it been different", he said. "This was not an emotionally disturbed call".

Another surveillance image obtained by News 4 clearly shows Vassell pointing the silver pipe at a person on Utica Avenue in the middle of what appears to be a running stride. "Whenever there is a mistake that is made, we always hope that people can acknowledge the mistake that they made. and we hope that they can find a way of improving so the mistake will not be made again".

"We are proud that we stood up to the most powerful police force in the country and against the suspicion and ignorance that guided their discriminatory practices", lead plaintiff Farhaj Hassan, a U.S. Army reservist who lives in New Jersey, said in a statement.

"He would set the alarm off all the time going up to the roof", Martinez said of Vassell, whose family said he suffered from bi-polar disorder.

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