Investigation continues in NYPD shooting of man in Crown Heights

New York police shoot and kill Brooklyn man carrying metal pipe

New York police shoot and kill Brooklyn man carrying metal pipe

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".

Vassell's father, Eric Vassell, told the New York Daily News that his son was bipolar and had struggled with the disorder for years.

Five New York Police Department officers responded to a series of 911 phone calls about a man waving what people believed was a gun, the New York Daily News reported.

A Black man walked down a Brooklyn street on the evening of April 4, allegedly pointing a silver metal object at people.

"You can not be a cop and all you should think about is your life, you know, you will lose your life so let me take a life to save my life", Eric Vassell told WABC.

In light of Clark's killing, which sparked weeks of protests, California lawmakers have proposed a drastic change that would limit the scenarios in which police officers can use deadly force. "We need to figure out why", said Williams.

According to the New York Times, the NYPD had encountered Vassell before and classified him as emotionally disturbed. It is well past time for mandatory cultural competency and mental health de-escalation training for our officers.

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Unrest in Crown Heights as the investigation continues into the death of a black man shot by police earlier this week.

Police say the shooting, which took place on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, was a justified response based on the evidence received at the time. "Despite the mayor and first lady touting their mental health initiative, they continue to be silent about the repeated killings of people in emotional distress by police, which now totals at least 11 in the past four years", Brooklyn Movement Center Deputy Director Anthonine Pierre said in a statement.

Community leaders called for action and demanded answers from the NYPD.

Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant, leaves behind a teenage son, 15-year-old Tyshawn, who said his father was an active presence in his life.

"Every cop in this neighborhood knows him", resident John Fuller told the Times, saying police should have been familiar enough with Vassell to not shoot him. Officers immediately rendered aid, Monahan said, and the suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officers responding to a report of someone breaking windows killed Clark on March 18 in his grandmother's backyard.

The video clip ends with Vassell brandishing the shower head like a pistol at something off screen - which authorities claimed were the responding officers, who then opened fire. "We have to stay straight on the facts of this incident today". After the police shooting, dozens of police cars converged on the area and a crowd of about 200 people gathered around the cordoned-off intersection. Everybody just knows he's just mentally challenged.

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