On July 13th, 2016, New York Police Department (NYPD) investigators announced they have decided to take a closer look at officer Wayne Isaacs in connection with the killing of 37-year-old Delrawn Small. He was killed on the morning of July 4, 2016, in New York City.
Isaacs was off-duty when he cut Small off in traffic, which lead Small to getting out the car, ready to confront Isaac, not even knowing he was an officer. Small was shot twice, then died in front of his girlfriend, and their four-month child. After killing Small, Isaac allegedly put his gun back on his hip, walked over to the body, and proceeded back to his car according to eyewitnesses.
Isaacs said Small had punched him, and that was his reason for killing him. However, according to the video, the “New York Post” reviewed, Small did nothing but approach the car, he had not said two words before he was killed. Small’s family sees the incident as unnecessary and wants justice.
Small’s attorney pointed out the fact that if Isaacs were not a police officer, he would have been arrested for shooting an unarmed civilian, regardless if he had a license for a gun or not.
In 2014, Isaac had a lawsuit brought against him for making a false arrest. In the midst of the arrest, the victim was hit and kicked several times in the body and the head. This incident did not result in a killing.
The NYPD made the statement that they took Issacs’ gun. He was placed on restricted desk duty and will be watched closely, according to the “New York Daily News.”
Written By Davida Thompson
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