DeB ripped af­ter $2M slay-cop ver­dict

New York Post - - NEWS - Kaja Whitehouse

The mother of a men­tally ill man shot dead by cops in his Har­lem apart­ment was awarded $2.2 mil­lion Tues­day — and her lawyer promptly blasted Mayor de Bla­sio for let­ting the case go to trial in the first place.

“I put this at the feet of our progressive mayor,” lawyer Randy McLauglin said out­side of a Man­hat­tan fed­eral court­house af­ter scor­ing the award on be­half of Hawa Bah, mother of Mo­hamed Bah. “Why this case even went to trial is a mys­tery to me.”

Bah sued the city in 2013 claim­ing cops wrong­fully killed her men­tally ill son in 2012 af­ter she called for an am­bu­lance be­cause he had been act­ing strangely.

In­stead of get­ting med­i­cal help, the 28-year-old stu­dent and taxi driver was car­ried out on a stretcher with eight bul­let wounds.

It later emerged that cops shot Bah af­ter pry­ing his door open to see what he was do­ing inside.

The NYPD claimed cops shot Bah be­cause he lunged at Of­fi­cer Ed­win Ma­teo with a 13-inch kitchen knife, wound­ing him. But Ma­teo was never treated for any such wound and later tes­ti­fied that he could not re­mem­ber be­ing stabbed.

The 10-per­son jury found that Bah was in­deed hold- ing a kitchen knife, but they de­ter­mined that he had not been mov­ing to­ward Ma­teo in a threat­en­ing man­ner at the time he was shot. “We re­spect but strongly dis­agree with the jury’s ver­dict,” said Nick Paolucci, a spokesman for the city’s Law Depart­ment.

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