[Hpn] NYTimes.com Article: Man Swinging Light Fixture Killed by Police in Brooklyn
Tue, 23 Nov 2004 05:26:17 -0500 (EST)
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Where do we draw the line on murder of our brothers and sisters by police?
This man was killed by police why,because they could get away with it and have,if this man was well off the public would have been screaming for badge,gun,and trial and conviction of these COPS!
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Man Swinging Light Fixture Killed by Police in Brooklyn
November 23, 2004
By MICHAEL WILSON
A Brooklyn man who frequently had seizures that sent him
running into traffic was shot and killed by police officers
early yesterday morning when he swung at them with a light
fixture, the authorities said.
The police did not immediately identify the man yesterday.
But neighbors who gathered at Sutter and Sheffield Avenues
in East New York identified him as Jose Feliciano, 44, a
homeless man who stored his medicine in a friend's van.
According to the police, Mr. Feliciano attacked a
34-year-old woman as she stepped out of her building on
Sutter Avenue shortly past 6 a.m., while the street was
Mr. Feliciano swung at her with what appeared to be the
long metal casing that covers the top of a fluorescent
lighting fixture, but she was not injured, the police said.
Just then, two officers from the 73rd Precinct, in
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, were passing by on an
interdepartmental mail run to the 75th Precinct station
house nearby. The officers saw the attack, and drove onto
the sidewalk to block Mr. Feliciano, the police said. The
front of their car struck the closed gate of a community
The officers ordered Mr. Feliciano to stop, and when he
swung at them twice with the fixture, one officer shot him
once in the chest, the police said. He was pronounced dead
a short time later at Brookdale University Hospital and
Medical Center. The officers were taken to Jamaica Hospital
Medical Center for routine observation.
The officers were not identified yesterday. The one who
fired has been a police officer for three years, the police
Councilman Charles Barron criticized the police during a
street-corner news conference. "I think it was an excessive
use of deadly force,'' he said. "Jose should have been
alive today," he added
Others in the neighborhood said the officers of the 75th
Precinct all knew Mr. Feliciano, and had those officers
happened upon the attack, rather than those from a
different precinct, he could have been subdued.
But a police spokesman, Paul J. Browne, called that
argument "pure speculation, and there's no way of making an
intelligent assessment of that."
The woman who was attacked knew Mr. Feliciano, and some
neighbors said she had argued with Mr. Feliciano in the
past. Others said everyone had liked the man, once they got
over the shocking sight of his seizures, which they
attributed to epilepsy.
"He starts jumping and chasing people, but he doesn't do
any harm," said Jose Ortiz, 53.
Mr. Feliciano's life revolved around medicine, food and
shelter. The first he kept in a plastic bag filled with
prescription bottles and stored in a friend's van in a
dingy lot just off Sutter Avenue, said the friend, Gilberto
Bruno, 53. Yesterday, Mr. Bruno displayed the bottles of
vitamins and medicines for treatment of epilepsy, blood
pressure and pain.
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