Memorial grows in Crown Heights for man fatally shot by police

New York police shoot and kill Brooklyn man carrying metal pipe

In security camera images released by the police, the L-shaped length of pipe looked remarkably like a firearm.

A photograph from the video where Saheed Vassell was pointing a metal object.

Four officers, three in plainclothes and one in uniform, fired 10 rounds among them, striking the man.

"Police had a choice".

"They need to lose their jobs and they need to be put in jail - the same as if someone kills a cop", Ramel Johnson, 38, told The Guardian. They should not train them to kill.

"In this climate where victims of sexual assault across the country are thinking about events and crimes that occurred to them in the past and are wondering whether to report or not, we want them to know we are open for business", said Herman at a Friday news conference to announce the campaign.

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NY police say the man who was killed was carrying this pipe.

NY mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was "a tragedy by any measure", and that Mr Vassell had "a profound mental health problem".

At a vigil Thursday night, Vassell's mother, Lorna, said her son "came from a good home".

But he didn't lay blame on the officers.

However, Mr de Blasio and police officials said that officers had to make a quick decision and were unaware of Mr Vassell's history of mental illness.

Transcripts from the 911 calls all describe Vassell the same way.

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Alarmed 911 callers reported that they believed Vassell was holding a gun, police said. After the shooting, the officers can be heard frantically calling for dispatchers to send an ambulance. The office has the power to investigate police-involved deaths of unarmed people.

"We're committed to conducting an independent, comprehensive, and fair investigation", District Attorney Eric Schneiderman said on Twitter on Thursday morning.

"All he did was just walk around the neighbourhood", he said. "He speaks to himself, usually he has an orange Bible or a rosary in his hand". He has no issue with violence.

"If this individual with a loaded weapon, who for whatever reason, including a mental health challenge, was ready to use it, that's a split-second matter of trying to save lives right then and there", de Blasio said, according to CNN. "This shouldn't have happened at all", he said.

The latest incident follows the shooting of an unarmed black man last month in Sacramento, California, which sparked two weeks of protests and calls for police reform.

The effort to encourage victims comes shortly after the NYPD was criticized by a Department of Investigation report that said the police special victims unit had an inordinately large caseload and couldn't do justice to victims in all cases.

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