NYPD releases video in connection with police-involved fatal shooting

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In response, officers shot that man - identified as Saheed Vassell - because they believed the metal object was a gun. According to reports, after a confrontation with Vassell, four officers, one uniformed and three plainclothed, shot Vassell 10 times.

Surveillance video from April 5, 2018, shows Saheed Vassell brandishing a metal object before being fatally shot by police.

Vassell's death came weeks after cops killed an unarmed black California man, whom they mistook as carrying a gun when responding to alleged reports of vandalism, shooting him to death in his backyard.

NY state's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, announced that he would investigate the shooting.

Saheed Vassell, 34, was shot dead on Wednesday after police received calls of a man who appeared to be wielding a silver pistol and aiming it at people.

Clarke said she looks forward to working with elected officials in ensuring that "the appropriate focus is given to addressing the mentally ill and their interactions with NYPD, and proper, clear and transparent protocols are in place to make sure that lethal force is used as a last resort when interacting with the mentally ill of our communities, so we can avoid losing another life to unnecessary violence". "We must all pursue justice", Adams said. "He looks like he's insane, but he's pointing something at people that looks like a gun", one caller tells the dispatcher.

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"The choice is always the survivors choice and that is the emphasis of this message, the call is yours", Herman added.

Still, there are some tough questions surrounding this case, specifically about how neatly it fits into the narrative of other controversial fatal police shootings of black men and the role of community policing in incidents just like this one.

"We consistently see, in rapes, when you look back in time for an entire year, we see 15 to 20 percent of the rapes reported to the NYPD did not occur in the year that they are reported", NYPD Crime Control Bureau Chief Demot Shea said. They should not train them to kill.

Saheed Vassell's father told reporters that his son had previously worked as a welder. They should not have lost their lives. "And the way they killed him, they didn't give him no choice", he continued. Stephon Clark, an American black man who was shot dead last week after two law enforcement officers misunderstood him as an accused of breaking auto windows in California, was shot eight times in his back, according to an independent autopsy.

Before shooting, the officers yelled at Vassell to "drop it, drop it", the officials said about the incident that happened in "seconds".

A few people shouted at the police, she said.

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