ALBANY _ Fatal police confrontations involving five African Americans, four Hispanic men, and two white men were investigated by a special state unit over the last two years resulting in one police officer being charged, five cases being closed and five cases remain active, according to a report released Thursday by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit looks into cases in which unarmed civilians die in police confrontations. The unit was created in 2015 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo amid a string of deaths of unarmed African Americans in police confrontations.
Eighty more cases were referred to the unit that were determined by the unit to not be within its jurisdiction.
The report is available at http://on.ny.gov/2fQCWWh.
The one case handled by the Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit that resulted in a charge against a police officer was in Brooklyn stemming from a July 4 shooting. New York City Police Officer Wayne Isaacs is accused of shooting Delrawn Small during a road rage incident. Isaacs has pleaded innocent to the charges (http://nwsdy.li/2w6gK0L).
“Over the past two years, our Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit has worked day and night to build a highly responsive, durable, and respected team that is always prepared to follow the facts wherever they lead,” Schneiderman said. “By working alongside community stakeholders and local law enforcement agencies, we’ve built the trust and network we need to get the facts and evidence required to act judiciously and effectively.”