In latest shooting of unarmed black by police, surveillance video clearly shows suspect holding ‘gun’

In latest shooting of unarmed black by police, surveillance video clearly shows suspect holding ‘gun’
Shaheed Vassell holding what appears to be gun (Image: Surveillance video screen grab)

[Ed. – That hasn’t and won’t prevent the protests and cries of ‘No justice, no peace.]

A man terrorizing people on the streets in Brooklyn with what appeared to be a firearm was fatally shot by cops — who later determined the weapon was not a gun but a metal pipe.

Saheed Vassell, 34 — whose family said he suffered from bi-polar disorder — was brandishing the curved metal pipe and pointing it at people at a bus stop at Utica Avenue and Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights at 4:40 p.m., according to police.

Three witnesses called 911 to report that a man wearing a brown jacket was pointing “what was described as a silver firearm at people on the street.”

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Surveillance footage from a Utica Avenue store shows Vassell pointing the pipe like a firearm at a person who is walking into a store.

One 911 caller followed Vassell’s movements as he was walking along Montgomery Street while continuing to point the “weapon,” police sources said.

 

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