Wednesday, October 19, 2016

NYPD sergeant shot and killed a 66-year-old woman wielding a bat in the Bronx

The following excerpts are taken from the NY Daily News "Deranged woman, 66, shot dead after attacking cop with baseball bat in Bronx" (Oct 19, 2016)

>> An NYPD sergeant shot and killed a 66-year-old woman wielding a bat in the Bronx on Tuesday, and now cops say they’re looking into why the officer used lethal force instead of his stun gun.

Police were responding to a neighbor’s complaint about Deborah Danner behaving “in an irrational manner” in her Pugsley Ave. building near Seward Ave. in Castle Hill around 6:06 p.m., the NYPD said.

[...] Politicians, including Public Advocate Letitia James and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., called the shooting unacceptable.

“This elderly woman was known to the police department, yet the officer involved in this shooting failed to use discretion to either talk her down from her episode or, barring that, to use his stun gun,” Diaz said.

Diaz compared the shooting to the 1984 police killing of Eleanor Bumpurs, a disturbed 66-year-old woman shot while brandishing a knife at officers, and asked state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to open a probe.

[...] "America has to say enough is enough," said Hawk Newsome, president of Black Lives Matter New York. "These police officers need to start using their brains and stop using their guns. People are dying and more other than not it's black people. Black blood is running through the streets and we are receiving no justice."

[...] Raphelle Gundy, who lives on the second floor, said police took her out of the apartment several times, once in a straight jacket. She noted a dramatic decline in the woman after her mother died several years ago.

“She was hollering, screaming and spitting, and you would have thought this lady was possessed, but I knew she was mentally unbalanced,” she said. “I saw the change in her after her mother died. She used to speak to people when her mother was still alive.”

[...] Ed Mullins, president of the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, said the shooting was justified and criticized the NYPD for placing Barry on modified duty, calling the move “political.”

[...] “Everyone agrees that this is a good shooting,” he [Mullins] said. “Everyone up at the scene, in the precinct, and when I say everyone, I’m going up the food chain as far as the brass goes.”  <<

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