NYPD Kills Bipolar Man After Thinking Metal Pipe was Gun

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Vassell's father said it was, of course, not a gun. Vassell's father said he'd also been admitted to the hospital several times in recent years, sometimes after encountering police.

Vassell's death comes amid a resurgence of questions about law enforcement's unequal treatment of people of color following another police shooting recently in Sacramento, California. "Too many Black people are dying at hands of police officers and it's about time something be done". He loved to dance and was widely known to be mentally ill.

Surveillance footage from Utica Avenue before police shot and killed a man in Brooklyn on Wednesday, April 4.

According to the NY Daily News, Andre Wilson, 38, said he's known the victim for 20 years, describing him as a quirky neighborhood character. "They killed him for no reason".

It bans the police department from conducting surveillance without suspicion on the basis of religion or ethnicity and calls for the Muslim litigants to provide input into a new policy guide to control the police department's Intelligence Bureau.

Investigators look over the scene where officers shot and killed a man in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in NY, while responding to reports of a man threatening people with a gun.

The object he was holding was found to be a "pipe with some sort of knob at the end", Mr Monahan added.

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A witness to the shooting told reporters police had shot Vassell without warning, while others said Vassell and officers exchanged some words. Officers approached Vassell, who matched the description provided in the 911 calls, Monahan said. That kind of wobbly intel from civilians that primes officers to shoot quickly featured in the high-profile police killings of Tamir Rice and John Crawford in Ohio. "Murder!" some bystanders shouted at dozens of police officers behind yellow tape. Others spoke of wanting to riot.

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Some details in the story will be familiar to those who pay reasonably close attention to police killings.

"It appears we fired 10 rounds between the four officers", Monahan said. The officer appeared to shoot him in the neck, chest and right arm, Mr. Hinds said.

Hinds said that officer, joined by two other plainclothes officers who had been in the auto with him, tried to resuscitate the man.

NY police fatally shot a bipolar black man Wednesday after mistakenly believing he was pointing a gun at them.

The plaintiffs and officials with the nation's largest police department separately announced the settlement Thursday in one of three lawsuits prompted by a 2011 Associated Press investigation exposing the NY police's secret monitoring and infiltration of mosques, bookstores, schools and Muslim associations. The names and races of the police officers were not released.

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