05/04/2018

Another African American man killed by the police for no reason


Quoting the Guardian because the NYT won't let you read breaking news for free...

I'm appalled, I'm infuriated. America has failed its people and has failed the world.

This man was killed on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination.
What more do you need?

This has to stop!
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New York police shoot dead black man holding metal pipe

The man was shot 10 times by four officers in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Crowds gathered on the streets of Brooklyn to protest about the shooting on Wednesday. Photograph: Kevin Hagen/AP


A black man has been shot dead by police in New York after he pointed a metal pipe at them.

Police had responded to emergency callers who said the man was aiming a firearm at pedestrians in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, an official said. 
The man took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at police and three plainclothes officers and one uniformed officer shot 10 times, the chief of department, Terence Monahan, told a news conference.

“This was a call of a man pointing what 911 callers and people felt was a gun at people on the street,” Monahan said. “When we encounter him, he turns with what appears to be a gun at officers.”
: NYPD officials give update on Police involved shooting in Crown Heights Brooklyn https://www.pscp.tv/w/bZVY1jFETEVCRE9XeXFCS0p8MXlwS2RtWFpZeWpHV285nRTH4s12QSgtEiZe9kEzFwHU6sYIfkpyaCdyJDEx 
— NYPDBrooklynNorth (@NYPDBklynNorth) 
Crowds gathered on the street to protest about the shooting. Some shouted “oppressors” as they faced off against police officers who had cordoned off the scene of the shooting with police tape.

Andre Wilson, 38, told the Daily News that he had known the victim for 20 years, describing him as a quirky neighborhood character. 
“All he did was just walk around the neighborhood,” he said. “He speaks to himself, usually he has an orange Bible or a rosary in his hand. He never had a problem with anyone.”

The shooting follows a number of killings of unarmed black men by police that triggered street protests and led to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Police were investigating, Monahan said, adding that surveillance video obtained from stores nearby showed the man brandishing an object that looked like a firearm. 
The man, whose name and age were not immediately released, was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead. 


In that incident, officers responding to a report of someone breaking windows shot to death 22-year-old Stephon Clark in his grandmother’s backyard on 18 March. The officers feared he had a gun, but he was found to have been holding a cellphone, Sacramento police have said. 

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