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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

NYPD will 'at some point' identify cops who killed bipolar man

The NYPD’s newly-minted chief of detectives said the department will identify the officers who killed a bipolar Brooklyn man waving around a pipe as if it were a gun earlier this month.
"At some point, the names will be released," Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said on “Good Day New York” Wednesday. “But we’re going to wait for the (investigation) to go a little bit further.”
Saheed Vassell, 34, was off his psych meds when four police officers shot him to death in Crown Heights on April 4.
The unhinged man pointed a shiny metal object at police — which was later identified as a piece of a soldering torch — in a confrontation that lasted less than 10 seconds, authorities said.
Cops were responding to worried 911 callers who saw Vassell clutching the cylindrical piece of metal while walking along the street and confronting random pedestrians.
Saheed Vassell (r.) was shot dead and brandished a metal object (l.) at officers. (NYPD/OBTAINED BY NY DAILY NEWS)
Since the killing, there has been repeated demands to identify the officers involved in Vassell’s death.
Shea, the former head of the NYPD’s crime control strategies department who took over from retiring Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce earlier this week, doesn’t believe releasing the names will fan any tensions between police and residents of Crown Heights — but hinted that there are concerns of reprisals against the officers involved.
“There is always going to be tensions at times,” he said. “There are safety concerns that we balance for the officers and the officers’ families.”
The NYPD’s Force Investigations Division is investigating the shooting.
"At some point, the names will be released," Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said. (SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
“It’s been several weeks but these investigations are done with painstaking attention to detail,” Shea, 48, said. “(It’s) a long investigation, but it is somewhat still in the preliminary stages.”
Shea also promised a “top to bottom” review of the NYPD’s Special Victims Division amid repeated complaints that many detectives assigned there are inexperienced and insensitive and that not every sex crime is handled by the squad.
“I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t take a look at it,” Shea said. “It’s a well-oiled machine and things are going well but we have to take a look at it and if changes are needed we will make them.”
Shea was joined by the department’s new Crime Control Strategies Chief Lori Pollock, 53, who promised to do “everything Chief Shea did” when it comes to finding ways to bring down crime — including sleeping on a cot in her office before CompStat meetings, she joked.
Saheed Vassell points a metal pipe at a pedestrian on April 4, 2018. (NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT/REUTERS)
“We want to continue to increase trust in the city and reduce crime,” Pollock said, claiming that the department can lower crime even further than the record breaking numbers sustained last year.
Only 290 homicides took place in the city last year — a number not seen since 1951.
“I think it can (go down further),” she said.

- ny news 

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