Protesters gather in front of 46th Precinct after man killed in police-involved shooting
Protesters gathered in front of the 46th Precinct in the Bronx on Monday over a fatal police-involved shooting that happened over the weekend.
Officers fatally shot a 24-year-old man Sunday around 4 a.m. Police say they returned fire after that man shot at them first.
The NYPD says the 24-year-old man shot a gun in the air, and two off-duty police officers heard the shots. Police say the two officers witnessed the now deceased man brandishing a firearm and told him to drop it. Law enforcement sources say there was then an exchange of gunfire.
After the young man was struck, police say his father, Rafeal Rosado, then picked up the firearm and began to fire at police officers.
"This police-involved shooting could have been totally prevented, it was unnecessary, but the young man had a gun and a pointed out at police— what are officers supposed to do?" says Bronx Councilmember Vanessa Gibson.
However, protesters say they believe justice still needs to be served in this case.
"Right now we're calling for accountability, we're calling for the arrest of the two officers, and if we don't get it, we plan to shut it down,” says Chivana Newsome, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter New York Movement.
Rodsado's wife and mother of the deceased says, “They killed a family man, a good man, an innocent man…this is never going to end until we get the justice we deserve.”
Police say that Rosado is in police custody and the investigation is ongoing.