New York City Police Fatally Shoot Man Wielding A Pipe

Calvin Saunders
April 6, 2018

He loved to dance, the Times reported, and was known to pick random things off ground and play with them like toys.

The man, whose name and age were not immediately released, was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.

Police were called to the neighborhood after calls reporting a man pointing what appeared to be a gun at people. Vassell didn't have a gun.

"The suspect then took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at the approaching officers", said NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan at a press conference.

Four of the officers discharged ten rounds at the suspect before giving him first aid and calling an ambulance. They're just not going to admit it. But they also passed around happier videos, like one picturing Vassell from just days before, dancing with a broom as a prop in Kev's Barber Shop down the street.

"He's always been there for me no matter what", Tyshawn said.

"He could teach you stuff", Kevin said.

"There is a lot more we need to know", he said.

The police did not answer questions about whether the officers had said anything before firing.

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None of the officers was wearing a body camera, Monahan said. The teen described Vassell as a caring father. The friends moved to embrace him, offer their support, touch his hand.

Local residents told the paper he was well known for having mental health problems and did chores for local small businesses. But he described his son as "polite" and said he wasn't a danger to anyone. He had once been on medication but now, no.

Section 50-a treats the personnel records of law enforcement and uniformed personnel as confidential, and is used to evaluate potential promotions or employment opportunities. But he had no gun. Chambers says that the two men drove her to a parking lot in their van and took turns raping her during the drive, The New York Daily News reports.

The NYPD began surveillance of at least 20 mosques, 14 restaurants, 11 retail stores, two grade schools, and two Muslim Student Associations in New Jersey in 2002, the year after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The friends listened to Vassell, and again offered their support when he went back into the apartment.

"We hope that the decision sends a strong signal that profiling of the sort that consumes this White House in unconstitutional and there are communities who will mobilize and exert their growing power to challenge those activities and prevail", Azmy said. They'd try to do the same.

It also comes less than three weeks after police in Sacramento fatally shot an unarmed black man in the backyard of his family's home.

The latest case, Hassan v. City of New York, was filed in 2012 and accused the department of secretly monitoring the lives of Muslims in New York City and surrounding states, including New Jersey, where the suit was filed.

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