NAACP to seek police shooting details
SCHENECTADY 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.