NYPD Says They Failed Mentally Ill Black Woman After Shooting Her
The NYPD has admitted they “failed” a 66-year-old black woman with a history of mental illness after an officer shot and killed her earlier this week, said New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
A sergeant fatally shot Deborah Danner after she allegedly wielded an object at him while he was checking up on her, police said. The commissioner said cops were “were called to help” a “person in crisis” reports ABC News:
“That’s not how it’s supposed to go,” O’Neill said. “It’s not how we train. Out first obligation is to preserve life — not to take a life when it can be avoided.”
Sgt. Hugh Barry responded to a 911 call about an emotionally disturbed person in The Bronx just after 6 p.m., when a neighbor complained that a woman was acting in an irrational manner, according to the NYPD.
About 10 minutes later, Barry entered the apartment to investigate and found Danner armed with a pair a scissors, according to cops. The sergeant convinced Danner to put the scissors down, but she then approached the officer and grabbed a baseball bat, police said.
The sergeant fired two shots from his revolver as Danner attempted to strike him with the baseball bat, police said. She was struck in the torso and transported to Jacobi Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.
How many other “failures” and mistakes have the police department made this year?!