Communities United for Police Reform Aids Family in Seeking Justice for Delrawn Small, Reported by the Observer

Posted on November 7, 2017

Schneiderman ‘Disappointed’ by Acquittal of Officer in Road Rage Killing

Originally Posted by the Observer on November 6, 2017
Written by Madina Toure

On July 4, 2016, Police Officer Wayne Isaacs, 38, shot and killed Delrawn Small, 37, after they argued while driving and subsequently stopped at a traffic light in East New York. A week after the shooting occurred, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the shooting was within the scope of an executive order he signed in 2015 making Eric Schneiderman the special prosecutor in cases in which law enforcement kills a civilian under dubious circumstances. “We are disappointed by the verdict, but we respect the jury’s determination and thank them for their service,” stated Attorney General Schneiderman. “I also want to thank the family of Delrawn Small for their courage and perseverance in the face of tragedy. My office will continue to investigate these cases without fear or favor and follow the facts wherever they may lead.” In a statement provided by Communities United for Police Reform, Small’s brother and sister, Victor Dempsey and Victoria Davis, called on Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill to immediately fire Isaacs. Video footage emerged that contradicted Isaacs’s account of the incident. Isaacs claimed that he shot Small in self-defense after Small started punching him through his open car window. But the surveillance tape shows that he fired his service weapon at Small just seconds after Small approached his car. “The fact that Officer Isaacs failed to protect public safety — shooting Delrawn three times and then failing to administer emergency care or even alert 911 to the fact that he shot him, which led to Delrawn bleeding out on the street and dying — is a clear indication that he doesn’t deserve the responsibility of being a police officer,” said Communities United for Police Reform. Austin Finan, a spokesman for the mayor, confirmed Isaacs’ status “pending a complete internal investigation.”

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