Officers in fatal NYC shooting won’t be charged
ALBANY – Attorney General Letitia James will not seek criminal charges against the NYPD officers in the fatal shooting of Saheed Vassell in Crown Heights.
The decision comes nearly a year after Vassell, 34, was shot multiple times by four officers who were responding to reports of a man brandishing what appeared to be a gun at passers-by. Vassell was actually holding a welding torch.
In a report released Friday by James’ Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit, investigators said they did not find adequate evidence to warrant charges against the officers.
Vassell’s father, who met with James before her decision was announced on Friday, said he was “saddened and disappointed” by the outcome.
“It is heartbreaking that once again, the criminal justice system is treating police as if they are above the law, and failing to hold them accountable for killing an unarmed black man,” Eric Vassell said in a statement Friday.
The report also outlined two recommendations: “comprehensive” critical incident training for 911 operators and police dispatchers and a review of the NYPD’s policies and practices that determine what information is released to the public in police-involved shooting cases.