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Police shoot, kill man who pointed pipe at them

Police shoot, kill man who pointed pipe at them

Then they gave him first aid and called for an ambulance to take him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. None of them were wearing body cameras.

After the shooting, Chief of Department Terence A. Monahan said that Vassell was actually holding "a pipe with some sort of knob on it".

Vassell lived just around the corner from where the shooting took place.

He said he had known Vassell for 20 years and described him as a "quirky neighborhood character" while expressing his utter shock at the senseless killing.

"It's not a crime scene!"

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

New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, announced that he would investigate the shooting.

The incident is under investigation.

Vassell's father, Eric, told reporters that his son had been hospitalized several times for psychiatric problems, some involving encounters with the police, but was polite and kind, the AP reported.

According to media reports, the victim was known in the neighbourhood.

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Wilson added, "The officers from the neighborhood, they know him". A metal pipe in his hands was mistaken for a firearm, the New York Police Department said.

The police said he had been arrested before and said officers had classified him as an emotionally disturbed person in previous encounters. "When I found out about the NYPD's illegal surveillance of my mosque, my community, little girls going to Sunday school, it hit me that officers from the most powerful police force in the country were targetting Muslims in my back yard, my home". They're just not going to admit it. It's nearly like they did a hit, Hinds said. "They didn't say 'stop, look for a minute", nothing. Some of the witnesses said they did not hear the officers say anything to the man before firing, while another witness said she heard the officers and the man exchange some words.

After the shooting, dozens of Crown Heights residents crowded around police lines, some apparently angry. NYPD representatives did not immediately respond to questions sent by email Thursday morning.

By mid-afternoon Thursday, more than 1,000 people had indicated on Facebook that they would attend a rally later in the day to demand justice for Vassell.

Benjamin Mueller and Nate Schweber are New York Times writers. Jaccbot Hinds told the New York Daily News that the officers never asked the suspect to put his hands up in the air.

Crown Heights residents react to the news.

Vassell's death comes amid heightened tensions nationwide regarding police accountability.

Three plain-clothes officers and one uniformed officer responded to the neighborhood.

There were protests within hours at the corner where Vassell was fatally shot.

"It's disturbing that these loopholes exist and that closing them is necessary to prevent police officers from sexually abusing civilians", said Pierre.


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