NYC Police Fatally Shoot Man Carrying Metal Pipe

Saul Franklin
April 6, 2018

Terence Monahan, Chief of Department for the NY police said that officers responded after receiving three 911 emergency calls saying a man was pointing an "object that appears to be a gun" at people on the street.

The Muslim plaintiffs alleged in a 2012 lawsuit that in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks NYPD officers violated their civil rights by surveilling them exclusively on the basis of their religion. Andre Wilson told the Daily News,"The officers from the neighborhood, they know him".

"The suspect took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at the approaching officers, two of whom were in uniform", said Monahan. No firearm was discovered at the scene, and police stated Vassell had been holding a metal pipe with a knob on the end.

Responding officers fired off 10 shots, striking Vassell several times.

He was taken to Kings County Hospital, where the doctors pronounced him dead.

The departure of Saheed Vassell on Wednesday was one of a string of deadly shootings of unarmed black men by police that's fueled a revived debate concerning racial bias at the USA legal justice system.

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Saheed Vassell was shot and killed by NYPD officers.

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

The settlement, announced Thursday, involved a lengthy federal lawsuit - Hassan v. City of NY - filed on behalf of American Muslims in New Jersey who charged the NYPD launched a campaign of surveillance after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks that included spying on grade schools, restaurants and other sites.

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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.

Vassell's father said it was, of course, not a gun. Apparently, a lot of people knew about his mental illness, including some neighborhood officers. "Every cop in this neighborhood knows him", John Fuller told the Times. "We would say should anything happen to him, we just have to do what we can do", he told the newspaper.

'They just hopped out of the auto. It's nearly like they did a hit, Hinds said. "They say it's a gun".

Come Thursday, the nypost reported the building superintendent where Vassell lived saying the deceased man was a hoarder who collected mostly metal junk that he stashed on his apartment building roof. NYPD representatives did not immediately respond to questions sent by email Thursday morning.

Crown Heights residents react to the news.

Vassell's death comes amid heightened tensions nationwide regarding police accountability. Clark's death triggered weeks of intense protests and public outrage in Sacramento.

The shooting drew a tense, charged crowd of dozens to the streets of Crown Heights.

"Again, this is officers facing an incident on the street. It's nothing to be afraid of", another player said. "This was not an emotionally disturbed call".

Surveillance pictures show a man pointing an object at people on the street. "We would say should anything happen to him, we just have to do what we can do". "Too many Black people are dying at hands of police officers and it's about time something be done". Police around the country have struggled to incorporate psychological allowances into their training and policies for the use of force, and on-duty killings that make headlines often seem preventable but for the lack of widespread training in identifying and de-escalating a mental health crisis moment.

"What we have seen from the images that are publicly available, people in the community thought he had a weapon and was aiming it at residents", the mayor said.

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