BROOKLYN – Cries for justice were heard throughout Herbert Von King Park in Bed-Stuy on Monday, just a few days after two officers from the New York Police Department shot and killed a 78-year-old man just feet from his front door.
According to Phil Banks, the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety in New York City, “It’s an unfortunate situation when a police officer has to fire his or her weapon,”
However, it would appear that members of the New York Community Action Project have experienced a range of emotions as a result of this incident.
On Thursday, members of the organization advocated on behalf of Caesar Robinson’s family. Robinson was the lone victim of any of the three officer-involved shootings that occurred on that day.
The cops responded to a call for a burglary on Lewis Avenue from the 78-year-old man’s nephew, according to the footage from the body cams, which the police say indicates the officers responded.
When they got to Robinson’s house, he opened the door, and not long after that, he pulled out a gun, pointed it at the police officers, and started walking toward them. Officers fired multiple shots at him, which ultimately led to his death.
Protesters have been calling for what they consider a greater level of accountability on the part of law enforcement while the investigation into the incident that took place is still ongoing.
“The person on whose behalf the police were called ended up dying, and that’s unforgivable,” said Shivani Ishwar, a member of the New York Community Action Project. “The death of the person on whose behalf the police were called is unforgivable.”
Malik Callender, a member of Stop the Killing Bed-Stuy, was quoted as saying, “We’re going to demand Justice for the 78-year-old black man that got murdered by the police.”
Ishwar expressed to FOX 5 New York her belief that proper training is the best way to avoid tragedies like this one.
“Need to be trained better or need to be replaced with officers who can handle that in a way that deescalates the situation rather than adding more violence,” she revealed. “Need to be trained better or need to be replaced with officers who can handle that in a way that deescalates the situation.”
The New York City Police Department has not said whether it would make the footage captured by officers’ body cameras available to the public or whether it will name the officers who were involved in the incident.
However, both of these were demands made by the protestors.