Man was holding welding tool when fatally shot by cops

Man was holding welding tool when fatally shot by cops

New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton, who also represents Crown Heights in his 20th New York State district, also said a full investigation was also needed into Vassell's shooting. That led the officers to fire 10 shots.

The NYPD released more surveillance video of a Vassell, pointing a silver object at people as if he were brandishing a gun.

New York City police have said that the officers fatally shot a man who was waving a metal object at passersby in Brooklyn. Officers responded to the area where they encountered a man who matched Vassell's description and approached him. Vassell's father, Eric, told WABC his son was bipolar but wasn't on medication.

"We're committed to conducting an independent, comprehensive and fair investigation", Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, said in a statement. The officers who responded to Mr. Vassell on Wednesday didn't know him or of his mental health history, a police official said. "I just want everyone to know that I want justice for Saheed", she told the crowd.

Clarke said she looks forward to working with elected officials in ensuring that "the appropriate focus is given to addressing the mentally ill and their interactions with NYPD, and proper, clear and transparent protocols are in place to make sure that lethal force is used as a last resort when interacting with the mentally ill of our communities, so we can avoid losing another life to unnecessary violence". "We need to figure out why", said Williams.

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"There's a guy walking around the street, he looks like he's insane, but he's pointing something at people that looks like a gun, and he's like popping it as if like he's pulling the trigger", one caller said, according to cops. "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 police radio traffic posted online, dispatchers directing officers to the scene said 911 callers were reporting only that a person was pointing a gun at people. They should not train them to kill. "And the way they killed him, they didn't give him no choice", he continued. "They should train them to protect life, to save life as much as possible".

One clip shows the man holding the object in what police described as a "two-handed shooting stance" as officers arrived.

Blavity reported initially that a witness identified as Jack Hinds said the officer on scene immediately fired and did not take a second to speak or try to get the identity of the man. Messages will be in English and Spanish, with other languages soon to be added, said Susan Herman, the NYPD's deputy commissioner for collaborative policing.

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