In the latest, NY Police kill African-American, mistaking pipe for gun


New York police shot dead an African-American man in Brooklyn 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.

The shooting occurred shortly before 5:00 pm 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 Monahan, Chief of Department for the New York police.

When police approached, the man…

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