NY police fatally shoot man after mistaking pipe for a gun

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A plainclothes officer in the passenger seat got out of the auto and fired at the man several times, Mr. Hinds said.

The chief said four officers - three in plainclothes, one in uniform - fired 10 shots at the man.

Police released still images from surveillance videos showing Vassell holding the short length of pipe in one hand and pointing it at people in the street before police arrived. They also released a picture of what the man turned out to have been holding: a slim, curved silver pipe with a cylindrical knob at the end of it.

Vassell lived just around the corner from where the shooting took place. The man was pronounced dead after being taken to Kings County Medical Center.

Following the shooting, witnesses reportedly surrounded the officers at the scene; both the Daily News and NBC report that many were holding police accountable for what had happened.

"It's not a crime scene!"

The shooting follows a number of killings of unarmed black men by police that triggered street protests and fuelled a national debate about bias in the US criminal justice system. A young man, in his own community, shot down yet again. The man reportedly had bipolar disorder and was known in the area.

- New York's attorney general announced Thursday that his office will investigate the NYPD's fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Brooklyn the day before.

"We're committed to conducting an independent, comprehensive, and fair investigation".

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Under an executive order issued by the governor in 2015, the attorney general has the power to act as a special prosecutor in cases involving police killings of unarmed people.

Vassell was the father of a 15-year-old son, Tyshawn, who described him as a caring Dad who looked after him.

Andre Wilson, 38, told the Daily News that he has known the victim for 20 years, describing him as a quirky neighborhood character.

"Every cop in this neighborhood knows him", 59-year-old John Fuller told the Times. Vassell died in a hospital.

"It's a piece of iron and they kill him for a piece of iron", Ford told the newspaper. "I thought I would wake up this morning and it's all a bad dream". Four of the officers fired a total of 10 bullets. They're just not going to admit it. It's nearly like they did a hit, Hinds said. "They didn't say nothing". According to witnesses the Times spoke to, Vassell had a habit of picking up objects off the street and playing with them as if they were toys.

The news came amid a broader debate about immigration enforcement in the United States where President Donald Trump pushed for tougher enforcement and some jurisdictions enacted so-called "sanctuary" policies limiting law enforcement's cooperation with federal authorities.

Vassell's death comes amid heightened tensions nationwide regarding police accountability.

The police shooting of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, ignited protests in Sacramento, Calif., that have lasted weeks.

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