Metal object in fatal NY police shooting was a welding torch

The object the man was allegedly holdingNYPD

The object the man was allegedly holdingNYPD

Callers to 911 said the man was waving a gun at people on the street, but neighborhood residents say it was well-known Saheed Vassell suffered from mental illness.

A growing crowd of protesters then took to the streets of Brooklyn, marching to the 71st Police Precinct blocks away.

According to the transcripts, one caller to 911 reported that Vassell "looks like he's insane but he's pointing something at people that looks like a gun".

Vassell was seen on the footage, partially released by cops Thursday, lunging at someone with the metal object and pointing it at a person walking hand-in-hand with a child. They also released partial transcripts of three 911 emergency calls. "I have to protect him from society and now protect him from police officers". He said the responding officers were unaware that he had "a profound mental health problem".

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the police shooting of a man who was brandishing a metal pipe was "a tragedy by any measure". "There are solutions to these problems that can prevent these killings but the de Blasio administration needs to be willing to truly listen to people in impacted communities and take action on their solutions to change the status quo". But, he didn't lay blame on the officers.

Police also released partial transcripts of the 911 calls related to the incident, in which two people are quoted describing a man pointing what appeared to be a gun at pedestrians.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's (SHNEYE'-dur-muhnz) office is investigating.

Schneiderman's press secretary, Amy Spitalnick, made the announcement Thursday via Twitter, adding that "we're committed to conducting an independent, comprehensive, and fair investigation".

And the headline involves, once again, a black man, shot and killed by police.

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A tense crowd gathered after Saheed Vassell was killed around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The last of three major lawsuits over the surveillance of Muslims by the New York Police Department was settled Thursday, ending years of litigation over a broad, decadelong spying program in which Intelligence Division detectives eavesdropped on conversations in cafes, asked people about their views on drone strikes and designated mosques as potential terrorist organizations.

Police officers in New York City fatally shot a black man who was pointing what appeared to be a gun at them on Wednesday, police said.

That shooting the woman heard was likely the fatal shooting of Saheed Vassell, 34 years old.

NYPD Chief Charles Scholl was confronted by angry crowds after a mentally disturbed man was killed by police officers.

Police were responding to reports of a man wielding a gun, but later determined that the object Vassell had allegedly pointed at them was "a pipe with some sort of knob on the end of it".

Saheed Vassell's mother, Lorna, told WABC she is furious with the officers for shooting her son without asking him to drop the object or put up his hands.

The officer fired at least five shots, striking the victim several times and shattering a window at Chucky Fresh Market.

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