Judge: Cop in 2012 killing ‘un­truth­ful’

New York Daily News - - NEWS - Stephen Rex Brown

A JUDGE con­sid­er­ing whether to up­hold a $2.2 mil­lion ver­dict for the 2012 NYPD killing of a men­tally ill Har­lem man said Thurs­day it was rea­son­able to con­clude the cop who opened fire “told an un­truth­ful story.”

City at­tor­neys are ask­ing Man­hat­tan Fed­eral Court Judge Kevin Cas­tel to toss the jury’s Novem­ber 2017 ver­dict in fa­vor of the fam­ily of Mo­hamed Bah be­cause the of­fi­cers in­volved feared for their lives when he was killed.

Det. Ed­win Ma­teo tes­ti­fied dur­ing the trial that he shot the knifewield­ing Bah af­ter twice cry­ing out, “Shoot him, he’s stab­bing me!” to fel­low cops. But Ma­teo ad­mit­ted he wasn’t ac­tu­ally get­ting stabbed.

Other of­fi­cers present dur­ing the shoot­ing also did not back up Ma­teo’s story that Bah, 28, was com­ing at him with a knife when he pulled the trig­ger.

“It was per­fectly plau­si­ble for this jury to con­clude Ma­teo told an un­truth­ful story,” Cas­tel said.

City at­tor­ney Joshua Lax ar­gued that the law pro­tected the of­fi­cers dur­ing the chaotic mo­ments af­ter they breached Bah’s apart­ment door.

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