NYAG to probe NYPD shooting of man with metal pipe in Brooklyn

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"The suspect then took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at the approaching officers", the chief said, holding up a surveillance photo of a blurry figure standing next to a bodega ice machine with his arms outstretched.

On Wednesday, several New York City police officers shot and killed an unarmed black man in Brooklyn after mistaking the metal pipe he was holding for a gun. His parents Eric and Lorna Vassell tell News 4 he had bipolar disorder but was a "good person".

"He collects things off the street and piles it up on the roof", said Martinez, who also showed an envelope addressed to Vassell's father, Eric, that was left with the scraps.

When they arrived, they saw Vassell "brandishing what [appeared] to be a firearm, pointing it at people", he said.

Snippets of security videos put out on the New York Police Department's Twitter account show Saheed Vassell, who had a history of mental illness, thrusting something that looked like the barrel of a gun into the faces of three people on the street, including a woman holding the hand of a child.

"The resolution of this case affirms and enhances the NYPD's commitment to conducting effective investigations to prevent crime and terrorism", O'Neill said.

The plaintiffs and officials with the nation's largest police department separately announced the settlement Thursday in one of three lawsuits prompted by a 2011 Associated Press investigation exposing the NY police's secret monitoring and infiltration of mosques, bookstores, schools and Muslim associations. 'He speaks to himself, usually he has an orange Bible or a rosary in his hand.

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The departure of Saheed Vassell on Wednesday was one of a string of deadly shootings of unarmed black men by police that's fueled a revived debate concerning racial bias at the US legal justice system.

"It's nearly like they did a hit", Hinds said. "Someone had to take a stand", lead plaintiff Farhaj Hassan, a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve, said in a conference call with reporters Thursday, and the plaintiffs, he said, had "won".

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Everybody just knows he's just mentally challenged. The unidentified officers, who were not wearing body cameras, discovered the metal pipe at the scene. He has no issue with violence.

Monahan said. "When we encounter him, he turns with what appears to be a gun at officers".

Vassell's sister Claudine posted a tribute to her brother on Facebook and criticized the police. It is unclear whether any of the officers involved in the shooting knew of Vassell's history.

The police shooting of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, ignited protests in Sacramento, Calif., that have lasted weeks.

Local residents told the paper he was well known for having mental health problems and did chores for local small businesses. He was filmed being placed in a police chokehold despite telling officers repeatedly, "I can't breathe" - an expression which became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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