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.
The NYPD said Vassell, who migrated from Jamaica when he was six years old, had pointed the instrument at five police officers, who responded to the 911 calls, before he was shot dead.
Vassell was actually carrying a silver pipe attached to a cylinder-shaped object.
"We consistently see, in rapes, when you look back in time for an entire year, we see 15 to 20 percent of the rapes reported to the NYPD did not occur in the year that they are reported", NYPD Crime Control Bureau Chief Demot Shea said.
NY police say Saheed Vassell "took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at approaching officers".
Vassell's father, Eric, told reporters after the shooting that his son had been hospitalized several times for psychiatric problems, some involving encounters with the police, but was polite and kind.
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The material released by the department didn't answer questions about whether the officers had identified themselves or ordered the victim to drop the object before they opened fire.
Neighbors and friends of Mr. Vassell said he often picked items out of the trash as a hobby and would point them at people as a joke.
"Police had a choice".
NY police say the man who was killed was carrying this pipe. He said Vassell had "a profound mental health problem". They should not train them to kill.
"There is a lot more we need to know", he said. After the shooting, the officers can be heard frantically calling for dispatchers to send an ambulance.
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. They should not have lost their lives. Cops surrounded the intersection and were eyeing protestors from the tops of nearby buildings, according to eyewitnesses on social media. The office has the power to investigate police-involved deaths of unarmed people.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said he had messaged Schneiderman Thursday morning, thanking him for "opening an investigation into the police shooting of Saheed Vassell in Crown Heights".