This past weekend members of the community came together in the Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn to protest the death of a 23-year-old woman killed by a police officer. Last week the woman was attempting to flee from officers in a stolen vehicle when she was fatally shot. Some suspect police misconduct is to blame for her death.
A detective shot the woman after she crashed the car she allegedly stole. Authorities reported that when the woman attempted to back up, the detective entered the vehicle and discharged a single round in her chest. It is not yet clear if the shooting was accidental, according to the NYPD.
On Saturday dozens of people gathered at the corner where the woman was fatally shot last Thursday. “We are not against the police department,” explained a protester. “We are against bad police officers.”
According to the New York Times, the detective involved has been sued for police brutality at least six times previously since 2003. The city reportedly paid $224,000 to settle these various lawsuits.
The family of the victim says they want the detective removed from the force. However, the president of the police detectives’ union stated that he is confident the detective acted appropriately under the circumstances. He also stressed that lawsuits against police officers are not uncommon.
If you or a family member has been injured due to police brutality or misconduct an attorney can advise you of potential claims. Those attacked or abused by police officers may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
Source: NBC New York, “Protesters Demand Answers in Police Shooting of Driver Who Allegedly Stole Car,” Jonathan Vigliotti, June 17, 2012.