Schneiderman spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick says in a statement that the office is committed to "an independent, comprehensive and fair investigation".
And the headline involves, once again, a black man, shot and killed by police.
Clarke said she looks forward to working with elected officials in ensuring that "the appropriate focus is given to addressing the mentally ill and their interactions with NYPD, and proper, clear and transparent protocols are in place to make sure that lethal force is used as a last resort when interacting with the mentally ill of our communities, so we can avoid losing another life to unnecessary violence". "We must all pursue justice".
In New York state, the attorney general has the power to act as a special prosecutor in cases in which police officers kill unarmed people.
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Police said none of the 911 calls they received reported that Vassell may have been emotionally disturbed, only that people were concerned he was carrying a gun.
The NYPD released a video compilation Friday from outside stores along Utica Avenue in connection with the police-involved fatal shooting of a 34-year-old man in Crown Heights.
"There's a guy walking around the street. He looks like he's insane, but he's pointing something at people that looks like a gun and he's like popping it as if...like if he's pulling the trigger". "And he's like popping it as if, like, if he's pulling the trigger".
The police department has released surveillance videos and 911 transcripts to back up the department's position that the officers who responded to the 911 calls had reason to believe Vassell posed a deadly threat. He suddenly lurches forward at someone pushing a cart into a convenience store and points what appears to be a metal object at the individual.
Footage shows a man that police believe to be Saheed Vassell holding a gray object and pointing it at people.
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The wounded were being brought in with fractures and other injuries, and there had been three amputations on Friday alone, he said.
Maki Haberfeld, Director of Police Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, says there is no formal policy requiring officers to announce themselves, or order a suspect to drop a weapon, before opening fire.
When police approached, the man "took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at the approaching officers", Monahan said. "This is corroborated with video we have reviewed".
Four officers unleashed 10 rounds at Vassell on Wednesday afternoon.
"Why didn't they taser him?" Less than 24 hours after Vassell's death, family members, classmates, community members, and activists gathered at Dons & Kings Barbershop on Utica Avenue to mourn - and turned their anger into action.
The victim's mother, Lorna Vassell, thanked the crowd and said her son came from a good home. He was unsure why Saheed was holding a pipe, but he told WABC that his son sometimes worked as a welder.
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Vassell's father said it was, of course, not a gun.