NAACP to seek police shooting details

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— Officials with the local NAACP are set to call today for better training of officers in response to the Aug. 12 police shooting of a man armed with a gun.

The NAACP of Schenectady County has called a press conference for late this afternoon to question the number of shots fired in the case — 14 — and call for more information.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the group pressed for release of the autopsy report, the crime scene video and details on the department’s policies and procedures on handling such a threat. The group also noted comments from police officials that the shooting appeared to be within police policy.

All the same time, the chapter argued that 14 shots at mid-afternoon in a residential area was excessive and placed neighborhood residents and passers-by in danger. Police officials have said shooting on a busy street was dangerous, but allowing a man with a gun to shoot would have been even worse.

Luis Rivera, 33, was fatally shot shortly after 4:30 p.m. Aug. 12 on Grove Place, near State Street.

Police responded to a report of a man showing a gun. Sgt. William Fennell arrived, spotted Rivera and grabbed him, according to police.

Police said Rivera spun away, putting his hand in the pocket that held the gun. He then allegedly failed to respond to police commands and grabbed the gun, held it and motioned at officers. Fennell and two other officers fired, killing Rivera.

The department’s investigation has been continuing.

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September 1, 2011
7:23 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Tell the NAACP which in my opinion is a racist anti-police organization, to go to their communities and stop the gun violence, gang violence, the rapes,robberies and drug dealing. I know crime is committed by all races of people, but there is a reason that placks and hispanics account for over 80% of the prison population.

September 1, 2011
9:38 a.m.
nybadboy says...

Really not called for 14 shots on a very busy street ...they better get some more training

September 1, 2011
11:46 a.m.
dan says...

wmarincic- the main reason there are more blacks (note correct spelling) and hispanics in prison is poverty and racism. It's a proven fact again and again that impoverished people are far more likely to commit crimes, and because of the way we treat minorities here, blacks and hispanics are some of the most impoverished. We need more social services to help them get out of poverty, that is if you'd like to see crime rates drop. And the other reason more minorities are in prison is racism- if a white person and a black person commit the same crime, chances are the black person's sentence will be twice as long. That's just how things work here.

September 1, 2011
2:41 p.m.
ajames says...

@nybadboy- 14 shots by three officer's happens in approx 2-3 seconds. You really don't have a clue of what you're talking about.

@Dan- Please provide some real data to support your statement that blacks are sentenced to twice as much time as whites around here. Ridiculous statement.

September 1, 2011
3:06 p.m.
dan says...

@ajames... where did I say "around here"? Do you always make up quotes by people you disagree with? Now that's what I call ridiculous. When I say "here", I mean in America. Feel free to read this one - There are hundreds more articles out there if you look.

September 1, 2011
8:54 p.m.
koinonia says...

Grat Article! Trueth alwats prevails.

September 1, 2011
8:59 p.m.
koinonia says...

Great Article! What's true always prevails.

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