Police officers fatally shot a black man named Saheed Vassell who suffered from bipolar disorder. The New York police mistook the man for holding a gun. But actually, he was carrying a metal pipe with a Knob on it.
Unfortunately, he took the shot on a Brooklyn street corner at about 4:45 p.m.
Caption: NYPD cops shot Saheed Vassell to death
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While replying to a 911 call for a man with a gun, the police said that he “took a two-handed shooting stance” and pointed at them as per told by the NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said at a press conference.
One witness named Jaccbot Hinds who saw the shooting said,
“They just hopped out of the car. It’s almost like they did a hit. They didn’t say please. They didn’t say put your hands up, nothing,”
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The police remained silent about officers warned Vassell before firing. Moreover, the cops Were Not Wearing any Body Cams.
There were four officers- one in uniform and three in street clothes who fired ten shots at the man. Sadly, the man couldn’t survive when taken to Kings County Medical Center.
Who is Saheed Vassell? Saheed Vassell Wiki Facts
Saheed Vassell is a guy around the age of 34, originally from Jamaica, who was mentally-challenged. He has a 15-year-old son named Tyshawn. His son described him as a caring father who looked after him.
“He’s always been there for me no matter what,” Tyshawn said. “He’d always come check up on me, ask me if I’m good.”
“He cared for everybody. If you saw him, he’d always be in a laughing mood. You would never catch him down.”
Saheed’s father Eric Vassell, 63, said that his son went to Wingate High School and suffered from bipolar disorder.But he refused to get the treatment.
His father said,
“He hasn’t taken his medication for years,”
“We were always worried for him. We would say should anything happen to him, we just have to do what we can do.”
People who knew him posted several pictures and comments on their social media.
“He’s a little touched in the head. But he’s not crazy enough to go around hitting people,” Chris J. told the New York Daily News.
Individuals from the area are angry about the shooting and starting a protest soon which will hold on Thursday, April 5 beginning at 7 p.m.