African-American man shot dead in New York after police mistake pipe for gun on 50th anniversary of Martin Luther K…


New York: New York Police shot dead an African-American man in Brooklyn on Wednesday after mistaking a piece of pipe he was holding for a gun.

The shooting—which followed a similar incident that sparked protests in Sacramento and which came on the 50th anniversary of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination—is the latest in a string of killings by police that have sparked a nationwide debate on violence by law enforcement.

Representational image. Reuters

The shooting occurred shortly before 5:00 pm (2100 GMT) in Crown Heights, a predominantly black neighborhood in the heart of Brooklyn.

Officers responded after receiving three 911 emergency calls saying a man was pointing an “object that appears to be a gun” at people on the street, said Terence…

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