Posted by: vote4claxton | November 19, 2007

DEMANDING FULL ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE DEATH OF KHIEL COPPIN

NYPD Fights Claims Of Cover Up In Brooklyn Teen’s Death

By: NY1 News

 

 

The NYPD says two police groups who ripped the police commissioner Saturday are “irresponsible” in their allegations over the shooting of a Brooklyn teen by police officers last week.

The groups, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care and the National Latino Officers Association, held a press conference Saturday where they accused the department of misleading the public ö something the NYPD calls “absolute fabrications” and “widely irresponsible.”

The two groups say Police Commissioner Ray Kelly rushed to judgment in saying the police who shot Khiel Coppin, 18, appeared to have acted within department guidelines.

Police said both Coppin and his mother had indicated he had a gun. He was shot by officers when he walked towards them and refused to drop what later turned out to be a hairbrush.

In the follow up, Kelly released the call by Coppin’s mother to 911 to underscore the notion that officers had reason to believe Coppin was armed.

“The release of the 911 call is actually misleading to the public because it gives the impression that uniformed officers had that information,” said Anthony Miranda of the National Latino Officers Association. “Uniformed officers never hear the 911 call that is made by the complainant, the mother in this case. That information was never given to the officers on the street.”

A NYPD spokesman confirms that responding officers did not hear the 911 call, however he says that the officers were dispatched with the instructions that the dispute involved a man with a gun.

“What [Police Commissioner Kelly] is engaged in is a public campaign of misdirection and misinformation and because of that misdirection, because of that misinformation, Police Commissioner Kelly is actively engaged in a cover up,” said Marq Claxton of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement.

The police groups also claim the police confiscated outside surveillance video ö but the NYPD says they checked the cameras and that they were not working.

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