Why Did an Off-Duty NYPD Cop Kill This Motorist at a Stoplight?
An off-duty NYPD officer shot a 37-year-old man to death at a stoplight late Sunday night after a traffic dispute.
According to the NYPD, the officer, fresh off a shift in Bed-Stuy's 79th Precinct, stopped at a red light on Atlantic at Bradford Street in Brooklyn when the other motorist, identified in the press as Delrawn Small, got out of his 2016 Kia and approached the officer's 2002 Nissan, reaching through the driver's side window to punch him repeatedly in the head. "The off-duty officer discharged his firearm during the assault," reads the NYPD press statement. "The male operator sustained a gunshot wound." Delrawn was reportedly shot three times by the officer.
Small, who was driving with his girlfriend and their son and two daughters, was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer was taken to the hospital with bruises on his head. Police aren't identifying the officer who killed Small, but the Daily News is reporting that a warrant was obtained to search the car of Wayne Isaacs, a 37-year-old cop of three years. The News also quotes an eyewitness telling a markedly different version of events from what the police are putting out:
“Delrawn and the cop’s car almost hit each other. And Delrawn got out of the car and the cop just jumped out and started screaming. He just shot (Small) right there on the street,” said construction worker Lloyd Banks, 43. “(He) was unarmed. His (girlfriend) and kids were still in the car. They saw everything.”
As of this morning, the NYPD press office said there was no change in the officer's duty status.
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Police say there is surveillance video of the incident, but so far they have not released it.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office was tasked with investigating police killings of unarmed civilians, has announced a probe into the shooting.
Small's girlfriend, Zaquanna Albert, reacted to his death on Facebook. "Words can't begin to explain the pain I feel right now," she wrote. "I appreciate all the prayers and well wishes. But my heart aches for this Man and my son who will never remember his Dad and a Great dad he was to my Baby."
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