Witness Says "In 2 Seconds They Started Shooting" & 'His Hands Were Empty.' Thus far, racist suspect simpletons with the NPR, New York Times and rest of the US media parrot whatever the NYPD tells them to. Showing us all sorts of shit that the cops did not know about before they interacted with this Black man. Cops do not hear 911 calls or read scripts or 911 call chronologies on their way to the scene. They get their info from police dispatch. Obviously, cops did not watch videos or "video compilations" from a private camera before interacting with this Saheed Vassell and they did not see video stills. Such info is not relevant to whether their conduct was reasonable or constitutional. The only question is whether there is any independent evidence to corroborate what the cops claim they saw when they encountered Saheed Vassell. [MORE]
The media [a segregated, white owned enterprise with billions of dollars] makes no inquiry as to why no bodycams were worn and as to whether the City surveillance camera at the intersection captured the event [in photo above]. Repeating whatever cops say, the media has focused on video cops obtained from a private security camera about half a block away. The footage is at too great a distance to reveal much about the shooting.
The police said the video released was the only footage investigators recovered of the shooting itself. The police declined to release it last week because, police officials said then, the department and the state attorney general’s office were still investigating the shooting.
And Mayor Bill de Blasio, a racist suspect, suggested on Tuesday that the video had been withheld because the attorney general’s office had prevented its release during the early stages of its investigation.
However, Phil Walzak, the department’s deputy commissioner for public information, said on Tuesday that the attorney general’s office had never objected to the video being released. He said officials decided to show it publicly, as they have in other cases in which shootings were captured on body-worn cameras.
Amy Spitalnick, press secretary for the state attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, said in a statement: “Our office played no role in the N.Y.P.D.’s decision to release partial footage concerning the Vassell case last week, and we have not objected to the N.Y.P.D.’s release of video footage of the officers.” [MORE]
Also, as with excluded black jurors, the view points of eyewitnesses are completely disregarded by the media and cops.
Witness Kevin or Kenyan Davis told the NY Daily News that cops shot him within 2 seconds of arriving to the scene and said nothing to him. Davis said Saheed had nothing in his hand when cops arrived. [see above video].
Local resident Jesus Santiago told the station PIX11 he was standing 5 feet away from the officers at the time of the shooting, and claimed that none of them ever told Vassell to drop the pipe.
Another witness, Jaccbot Hinds, recounted for the New York Daily News how the officers jumped out of their patrol car and opened fire on Vassell without a word.
‘It’s almost like they did a hit. They didn’t say please. They didn’t say put your hands up, nothing,’ Hinds said. [MORE]