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Family of man shot, killed by police demand to see body camera footage

Family and friends of the victim rallied outside the 34th Precinct in Manhattan, demanding to see the body camera footage before he is laid to rest on Monday.

News 12 Staff

Oct 21, 2022, 9:32 PM

Updated 611 days ago


Family members are demanding to see the body camera footage from the fatal shooting of Joel Capellan by police last weekend.
Family and friends of Capellan rallied outside the 34th Precinct in Manhattan, demanding to see the body camera footage before he is laid to rest on Monday. 
The NYPD says the Oct. 16 shooting took place around 3 a.m. in Washington Heights, when officers saw a fight on the street and that Capellan had a gun. Officials say he repeatedly refused to drop it, leading four officers to shoot him multiple times. They say he died at the hospital and that his firearm was recovered at the scene.  
“You don’t shoot an animal 36 times. NYPD goes to training, they are trained to defuse and deescalate,” said Jenny Rodriguez, Capellan's mother. “Give me that peace. Let me see what my son allegedly did wrong.” 
The attorney general’s office has opened an investigation into Joel Capellan’s death.

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