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Instead of Using His Taser, Cop Shoots, Kills Mentally Ill Elderly Woman ‘Armed’ with a Bat

New York, NY — (RT) An NYPD police officer shot and killed an “emotionally disturbed” 66-year-old woman, opting for his gun despite having a Taser. The woman was armed with a baseball bat. The department says an investigation is under way.

Officers arrived at an apartment in the Bronx after receiving a call about the woman on Tuesday evening. When they arrived, a neighbor complained that she was acting in an “irrational manner,” according to a statement by NYPD Assistant Chief Larry W. Nikunin.

When police entered the apartment, the 66-year-old woman was armed with a pair of scissors. An officer was able to persuade the woman to put them down after engaging her in conversation.

However, the woman then approached the officer and picked up a baseball bat, attempting to hit him.

The officer then chose to fire his handgun at the woman, despite being equipped with a Taser.

“As she attempted to strike the sergeant he fired two shots from his service revolver, striking her in the torso,” Nikunin said.

The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

It remains unknown why the officer chose to shoot the woman instead of using his stun gun.

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“The sergeant was armed with a Taser. It was not deployed and the reason it was not deployed will be part of the investigation and review,” Nikunin said, as quoted by New York Daily News.

New York Daily News journalist Andy Mai tweeted that the victim was African-American, although that has not been confirmed.

Journalist Gerson Borrero tweeted that the officer involved in the shooting – reportedly a white male who had been on the job for eight years – has been placed on modified duty, citing sources.

The Tuesday incident was not the first time the woman had acted irrationally, and police had been called to the apartment in the past, according to public advocate Letitia James, who has called for the NYPD to “expand the use of non-lethal force”by the department.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has called for a full investigation into the shooting, comparing it to the 1984 police killing of Eleanor Bumpurs, a disturbed 69-year-old woman who was killed while brandishing a knife at officers attempting to evict her from her Bronx apartment.

NPYD Emergency Service Unit officers began carrying Tasers shortly after Bumpurs’ death.

The NYPD says the shooting is being investigated by the Force Investigation Division, and that a “full review of the facts and circumstances of this incident will be conducted.”

The shooting comes as the Black Lives Matter campaign spreads across the US, with protesters staging recent demonstrations against the shooting of unarmed African-Americans by police.

  • Boycott Israel

    It’s a tactic taught to them by the Israelis who also shoot little girls to death who are holding pocket knives. It’s all about inciting more violence to justify more killings.

    • Giovanni Pincoletti

      Shooting citizens is also to gain acceptance that AmeriKKKa is a police state. We have to get more people to understand this obvious but disgusting fact. When they constantly kill citizens, when they illegally throw people out of their homes in bank foreclosures, and when they break up prayer meetings armed with shot guns and military vehicles, and then give the murderers a paid vacations, you KNOW you are in a police state. (I like your icon — exactly my sentiments.)

    • Gilbert Chavez

      What bullshit. Boycott your sorry ass.

      • Boycott Israel

        I’ll bet you’re the type of moron that shouts out “Photoshopped” every time you see something new!!!

        Almost ALL U.S. Police Commanders Learn To Violate Human Rights While Training In Israel!
        https://youtu.be/X6pA0PMvPDM

        Why are American Cops trained in Apartheid Israel?
        https://youtu.be/M05Nu4LBlnM

        And here’s some more video you can try to educate your sorry ass with.

        Good luck with that!!

        https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=us+police+training+in+israel

        • Gilbert Chavez

          Police forces didn’t have to go to Israel to learn how to assault and kill American citizens and violate their Constitutional Rights. And it’s been going on way before everyone had cellphone cameras that now capture this abuse of authority. I’ve witnessed it years before your YouTube videos existed. Dumbass

  • Jim Buchanan

    couldn’t take a bat from a 66 year old lady. NY’s finest? Hell, the homeless are finer than that.

    • Kevin Leonard

      No shit! He shouldn’t have even needed the taser. Shouldn’t be on the force.

  • jeffrey

    I can’t find the words. Come on people, what the heck is going on here? Aren’t we as a society better than this? Can you say, I just can’t find the words. See you at the pearly gates, my friends!!

  • Dan Knox

    pos coward could not just take the bat from her,

  • David Hall

    A member of the police union kept saying it was a good shooting. Are you F’n kidding me! Since when the f**k is killing a 66 old mentally ill person, a good shooting. Someone has to step up and stop the cops before they kill everyone in America that don’t wear a badge. I am just at a loss anymore, it is every day, 25 pets every day killed by these monsters and several people. Cowards, bullies and totally improperly trained.

    • Anthony Tanas

      The police unions are the #1 barrier between a good relationship between police and the people. OUTLAW POLICE UNIONS!

    • Gilbert Chavez

      That cop and that union member will answer to God eventually for this.

  • Anthony Tanas

    Now the a**hole gets 48 hours to come up with a story before discussing the shooting and answering questions. This rule would not exist without the police unions. Fortunately here in Portland they are getting rid of it as they well should everywhere. Could you imagine a citizen shooting someone and not being asked any questions for 48 hours? It’s absurd.

  • Kountry Bumpkin

    Does anybody remember in the first transformers movie instead of the cop car transformer having “to serve and protect” on it it said “to punish and enslave”. How bout The Omen done in 1976, there’s a part of the movie where the ambassador visits an agriculture farm where they actually talk about growing genetically modified food. The new world order elite have always hidden bits and pieces of the truth for their plans for humanity in movies and even though they are constantly coming true those that work for the left are still branding them conspiracy theories.

  • Rogue cops cost us money

    The only reason police have a union because its members are a bunch of fuck ups, that need protection when they fuck up…..

  • Lans_Starsider

    What’s the point of police even having tasers if they’re either never going to use them…or only use them when the officer next to them is using their gun too?

    • billdeserthills

      Police only like to use their tasers when several of them use them at the same time on the same suspect,
      as a form of torture

    • Anthony Tanas

      They seem to mainly use tasers when no force seems justified. They should only be used in situations where they would otherwise use lethal force because they can be lethal too.

      Their #1 first tool that most of their training should focus on is DESCALATION.

  • Chris Lazarus

    There really is no excuse. If you can’t disarm a individual wielding a BAT you don’t belong in law enforcement PERIOD!!! This blue wall shit only goes on in the USA if this happened in London he would have been immediately asked for his shield and sidearm and told to prepare for formal charges to follow..no bullshit union to cover his sorry ass.

  • Tonya Lange

    Well I can see that perhaps the close encounters didn’t allow for use of a taser because you can’t be within a certain distance I know. And why does everything have to be racially motivated??? What difference does it make who’s black, white, Mexican, or just plain purple for crying out loud??? How about sticking to facts that matter. All lives matter and any shooting should be investigated and if it’s found there was negligence, then deal with it in the appropriate manner. People make this more then what it is so that way they can sensationalize the situation and turn it into a media circus show! That doesn’t help anyone. Facts get lost and then the true victims become nothing more then a headline and that is just in poor taste. I wouldn’t want that for my family!

    • Anthony Tanas

      Of course race shouldn’t matter but the sad fact is it does. Of course all lives should matter but the sad fact is they don’t (black lives do not matter to the police and to the justice system). Black Lives Matter means that black lives matter TOO.

      Just the fact that this mentally ill woman was black made a lethal outcome far more likely and justice for her killer far less likely. Please educate yourself on racial disparities in policing and the criminal justice system.

  • Tonya Lange

    Besides all this, try to fend off a women who has a pair of scissors in one hand and a bat in the other especially when she has the strength of someone who is disoriented, and I promise it’s not as easy as it sounds especially in close quarters. I’m not making excuses I just know I’ve seen my 75 yr old dad whip men half his age and so it’s not unheard of as far as trying to stay safe, that a person like that with rage and weapons have to be dealt with in a certain manner. Now, granted I’m assuming the gun was excessive force but I wasn’t there so I’m guessing as to the factual details and the news is never spot on with details!!! Just saying is all.

  • Klarn Mxyzptlk

    So, how can you tell when a negro is “mentally-ill”?

    I don’t know, either.