Sharpton contends that Yokemick might have been identified as an officer prone to commit acts of misconduct had the NYPD not blocked the CCRB's request for the files of hundreds of officers suspected of misconduct or brutality. (Public Advocate Mark Green had requested the files after learning that police officials in the first half of 1996 took no action on 53 of 96 police brutality and misconduct cases that were substantiated or recommended for discipline by the independent review board. An appeals court ruled recently that Green was entitled to the files.)
The debate over whether Yokemick intended to kill Kenneth Banks still rages at the corner where he died.
"Being that Kenny was sitting down on the bike, it was easy for [Yokemick] to connect to his head," Thomas explained to reporters after the medical examiner's ruling. "You figure you hit somebody in their back with a police radio it will hurt, but it's not gonna stop them. His intention, to me, was to stop him. If you're riding a bike and not maneuvering and I throw a radio at you, intending to hit your head, it's gonna hit your head."