Four previous "use of force" complaints were lodged against the two white police officers in the video-recorded shooting death of a black man and they were cleared in all of them, according to internal affairs documents released Thursday.
The complaints included three black men and a black juvenile. One of the men was shot when police said he pointed a gun at them and the others were injured during arrests and a police pursuit in a vehicle.
The attorney general of New York state is reviewing a video that shows an off-duty police officer fatally shooting a man who had approached his car in Brooklyn last week.
The security video tape was acquired by the attorney general’s office, according to ABC News, and was released several days after the July 4 incident. The release of the video comes around a time when footage of two other officer-involved shootings — one in Baton Rouge and the other in Falcon Heights, Minn. — became national news.
The video appears to undermine an earlier police report asserting that the New York City police officer, Wayne Isaacs, was punched in the head through his driver’s-side window by Delrawn Small, leading Isaacs to fire three shots from his service weapon, hitting Small in the head and chest, according to the New York Post.
The graphic video does show Small getting shot as he approaches a 2002 Nissan Altima. The video, though somewhat blurred, does not appear to show Small punching Isaacs.
Protest have erupted across the country today following the police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, and the deadly sniper attack on police officers in Dallas.