NYPD Releases Video Of Black Man Before Fatal Shooting

NYPD Releases Video Of Black Man Before Fatal Shooting

NYPD Releases Video Of Black Man Before Fatal Shooting

New York's attorney general has opened an investigation into the death.

Before a mentally ill black man allegedly pointed a metal pipe at police and was fatally shot earlier this week by four New York Police Department officers in Brooklyn, one person called the police to report he spotted a man with a gun. Of note, none of the officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the incident, Monahan said.

Local resident Shaya Tenenbaum, 33, said around 200 people gathered at the scene, along with a large number of police cars.

Four of the officers fired a total of 10 bullets at Vassell, Monahan added. It wasn't immediately clear if Vassell who worked as a welder had purposefully fabricated his steel pipe to appear as that of a gun.

"There is no reason a police officer should be scribbling notes on little girls attending school, or noting what type of clothes someone wore to a store". It turned out that Vassell had been holding a silver pipe with a cylinder at one end.

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

Vassell's father, Eric, told WABC his son was bipolar but wasn't on medication.

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When officers arrived at the corner of Utica Avenue and Montgomery Street, they encountered Vassell, who matched the description provided by the 911 callers. "If you saw him, he'd always be in a laughing mood".

Other communities members told ABC 7 NY that Vassell's mental health struggles were well-known in the community.

"Tragedies like this are why we fought for an independent Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit", he said.

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

"It's a piece of iron and they kill him for a piece of iron", Ford told the newspaper. "We need to check these police officers and lock them up".

Before shooting, the officers yelled at Vassell to "drop it, drop it", the officials said about the incident that happened in "seconds".

"They just hopped out of the vehicle", Hinds told the newspaper.

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"It's nearly like they did a hit", one told The Daily News.

Witnesses say they did so - without warning. "We must all pursue justice", Adams said. Was Saheed Vassell given fair warning?

Mayor Bill de Blasio said his understanding was that Vassell had mental health issues. It is well past time for mandatory cultural competency and mental health de-escalation training for our officers.

In the video, Mr. Vassell is seen walking in Crown Heights pointing the object at a man in the middle of Eastern Parkway.

There's been a mixture of outrage and defense in response to Vassell's death.

The shooting came less than three weeks after police in the city of Sacramento fired 20 rounds at 22-year-old Stephon Clark, fearing he was carrying a weapon. Clark was shot eight times, mostly in the back, as he ran to his grandmother's back yard, according to an autopsy requested by his family.

Photo Investigators at the scene of a police-involved shooting on Wednesday in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. "There are solutions to these problems that can prevent these killings but the de Blasio administration needs to be willing to truly listen to people in impacted communities and take action on their solutions to change the status quo". "Let's stay focused on what they did today", he said. "He looks like he's insane, but he's pointing something at people that looks like a gun", one caller tells the dispatcher.

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