Saheed Vassell Died After Being Shot And Killed By Police In Brooklyn Neighborhood
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (April 8, 2018) – A 34-year-old mentally ill man was shot dead by police after they confronted him while he was holding a metal pipe.
Brooklyn police have been able to identify the man that died as Saheed Vassell. Authorities are saying that police and bystanders mistook the metal pipe that Saheed Vassell was holding for a gun.
The victim appears to have been pointing the metal pipe at people that were passing by. Police officers arrived at the scene and opened fire on the victim. The shooting sparked a peaceful protest in Brooklyn and calls from politicians to investigate what happened.
Bystanders are saying that the victim was not given any warning before shots were fired.
It does not appear that the police officers involved in the shooting were wearing body cameras.
LIABILITY IN POLICE SHOOTINGS
When a victim is shot by police officers, there are usually multiple paths that could be taken in terms of legal action. At the state level, a victim may choose to file an excessive force claim against the police department and assert that officers were improperly trained. Unfortunately, police aren’t always properly trained to deal with mentally ill patients. This has led to numerous deadly encounters over the years. At the federal level, a victim or their family may be able to file a 4th amendment claim for their deprivation of equal protection and due process. Victims of police violence may be able to recover compensation for damages including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were greatly concerned to learn about the tragic police shooting that led to the death of Saheed Vassell. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims family as they continue to grieve such an incredible loss. Police officers need to be properly trained to deal with mentally ill patients. There are deescalation techniques that can be taken and preventative measures that reduce the likelihood of violence. There needs to be a serious reevaluation of how the police handle suspects that may be mentally disturbed.
If you or someone that you love has been a victim of a police shooting, you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.