NY police kill man wielding pipe

In the video, pulled from security camera footage in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood, Vassell appears to pull the pipe on several passersby, pointing it at them in gestures reminiscent of aiming a handgun. The incident happened on Montgomery Street and Utica Avenue just before 5 p.m.

Police shot and killed a man holding a pipe in the Crown Heights neighborhood of NY in the late afternoon on Wednesday, April 4.

Saheed Vassell's mother, Lorna, told WABC she is furious with the officers for shooting her son without asking him to drop the object or put up his hands.

Bailey and others said Vassell's struggles with mental illness were also well-known, even among local police: "It's visible".

New York City has pledged to listen to suggestions by Muslim groups when it drafts new policies for investigating political activity, part of a settlement over police surveillance conducted after the 2001 World Trade Center attack.

"Obviously if they can defuse the situation - that's the training, to de-escalate immediately - but sometimes things are playing out in a matter of seconds and we just have to be clear, until we have all the facts, we can't pass judgment".

Four officers fired their weapons, striking Vassell.

Speakers at the rally on Thursday repeatedly demanded that the NY police department release the names of the officers who had shot Vassell, and called for them to be prosecuted. Four police officers, two of whom Monahan said were not in uniform, opened fire.

Monahan said they fired 10 times, while Vassell was struck a total of nine times, according to New York City's chief medical examiner Thursday.

Vassell's father, Eric, told The New York Times that his son had been hospitalized multiple times in recent years with bipolar disorder.

Schneiderman spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick says in a statement that the office is committed to "an independent, comprehensive and fair investigation". "The officers in the neighborhood know him". Many repeatedly called for Crown Heights residents not to call 911 in the event of an emergency because of the risk of black residents being shot.

Under an executive order issued by the governor in 2015, the attorney general has the power to act as a special prosecutor in cases involving police killings of unarmed people.

Dozens of police cars converged on the area, and a crowd of about 200 people gathered around the cordoned-off intersection, said 33-year-old resident Shaya Tenenbaum.

The search is on for two suspects who police say are wanted in a robbery spree across Brooklyn and Queens. Last month in Sacramento, California, 22-year-old Stephon Clark was shot and killed by officers who believed he was armed with a gun, but all that was found on him was a cell phone.

A growing crowd of protesters then took to the streets of Brooklyn, marching to the 71st Police Precinct blocks away. Police said they thought he had a gun, but he was carrying only a cellphone.

  • Aubrey Nash