Another day, another Black person killed by the hands of the police.
This time it was Delrawn Small, 37, who, according to the New York Daily News, was shot three times after allegedly punching Wayne Isaacs, an off-duty cop, after a bout of road rage. Small’s girlfriend Zaquanna Albert and three kids watched as their loved-one was killed.
“Words can’t begin to explain the pain I feel right now,” Albert posted on Facebook. “… My heart aches for this man and my son who will never remember his dad.”
According to Albert, her, Small, their 4-month-year-old daughter and two sons were going to East New York for fourth of July festivities when the tragedy happened.
However, there are conflicted recollections of what happened that afternoon.
One witness says that after being cut off, Small and the police officer got into a scuffle as Small left his car first and punched the police officer. Yet another witness said, it was the opposite: The police officer instigated the encounter by getting out of his car, jumping in Small’s face and then shooting Small in the torso out of nowhere.
“Delrawn and the cop’s car almost hit each other. And Delrawn got out of the car and the cop just jumped out and started screaming. He just shot (Small) right there on the street,” witness Lloyd Banks told the newspaper “[He] was unarmed. His [girlfriend] and kids were still in the car. They saw everything.”
It’s important to point out that there is video of what happened, but as of now, the police will not release it to the public.
The police officer is not out of the water for his actions. On Tuesday, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a probe in Small’s death. In the meantime, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the NYPD is offering full cooperation in the state probe, the newspaper noted.
“We are comfortable, based on the preliminary investigation, that this was a road-rage incident,” he said.
Yet, a police source told the newspaper that the officer, who has been accused of racial bias and violence in the past, has to explain why he used this amount of force to address this situation.
This first week of July has been an extremely deadly one with the killings of Dylan Noble, Alton Sterling, Philandro Castle and the five police officers in Dallas.
Sigh. This is all just too much.