BLACK ON BLACK CRIME IN SERVICE OF WHITE DOMINATION. From [HERE] and [MORE] An off duty Black police sergeant in New York was caught on video earlier this month confronting an unarmed 21-year-old Black man and shooting him at point blank range in the face and then planting a knife on him. Sgt. Ritchard Blake claims the victim, Thayvone Santana was trying to rob him, but video and family members say otherwise. Now, after investigating the incident, it was reported this week that Blake was fired—but he is still not charged.
According to police, Blake claimed that Santana was attempting to rob him, so he had no choice but to shoot him in the face. However, police later changed their story and admitted that Santana and Blake knew each other and may have been in a dispute over a girl.
As the video shows, Blake and Santana appear to be having a verbal dispute on the sidewalk. Blake then pulls a gun from his waistband and fires off three rounds into Santana’s face. Moments after the shooting on Aug. 2 in the East New York neighborhood, video surveillance footage captured the sergeant patting down Santana, as if looking for a weapon.
The sergeant then pulled a large sheath knife out of his back pocket and dropped it out of its covering beside Mr. Santana.
There was only one problem with planting the evidence, however—the surveillance camera. Once Blake seemed to realize he was on surveillance video, he then picked the knife back up and put it in his back pocket.
Mr. Santana, 21, survived the shooting -which could be another problem for him.
After he was seen on video shooting an unarmed man in the face and planting evidence, Blake was not arrested. Not only was he not arrested but he was allowed to stay on the force until last week.
“There are certain things that we saw in this investigation that we have questions that we want answered at this point, until we answer that we felt it was best to place him on modified duty,” said NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan earlier this month, according to WABC.
A spokesman for the office said on Saturday that the episode remained under investigation but declined to comment further.
The police official who disclosed the firing did so on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it. Neither the Police Department nor the Sergeants Benevolent Association responded to questions on Saturday, and efforts to reach Sergeant Blake were unsuccessful.
He had previously told officers that he was worried about the safety of his girlfriend, whose relationship with the two men had been a source of simmering friction between them.
Around 5 a.m. on the day of the shooting, Sergeant Blake was walking away from the woman’s home and headed to work at the 109th Precinct in Queens, law enforcement officials said. Mr. Santana followed and got Sergeant Blake’s attention.
The video shows Sergeant Blake holding his arms out at his sides and talking. Mr. Santana moves closer with one hand in the pocket of his shorts.
The police gave conflicting accounts of what led to the shooting.
The Police Department said on Thursday that the sergeant fired because a man pretending to have a gun tried to rob him. A police official later said Mr. Santana had told Sergeant Blake that he had a gun, but not that Mr. Santana had been trying to rob him.
Sergeant Blake fired his gun twice, hitting Mr. Santana once in the face. He then called 911 to report an off-duty shooting. The 911 call has not been released to the public.
He was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on modified duty.
He was already on a form of administrative probation after being charged with assaulting a woman in 2016. He was suspended for 36 days and placed on dismissal probation, according to a New York Daily News article on police discipline published in March. That designation allows officers who have been disciplined to continue to work but gives the police commissioner the power to fire them without a trial during a yearlong probation.