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Demonstrators March On Police Headquarters, Demand Answers In Police Shooting Of Mentally Ill Man

Credit WCBS 880's Alex Silverman

Credit WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman

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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Supporters of a mentally ill man who was shot dead by police in his Harlem apartment marched on police headquarters on Sunday.

More than one-hundred chanting demonstrators moved through Lower Manhattan demanding answers in the September 25, shooting death of Mohamed Bah.

WCBS 880 Reporter Alex Silverman was there


Civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman that he questioned the tactics used by police officers during the incident.

“If he was in the apartment alone why did they have to rush the apartment?” he asked.

Bah’s sister was also at the protest, demanding answers. She wanted to know why her mother’s request to speak with Mohamed was denied.

“She was definitely pleading with them to talk to my brother,” she said.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is looking for answers to those questions. The Bah family has been joined in their search by the mother of Amadou Diallo who was killed in a police involved shooting thirteen years ago.

“He was a good child, working hard, going to college,” Diallo’s mother said.

Many demonstrators compared the incident to last week’s police shooting of an unarmed man on the Grand Central Parkway. Police said that Bah lunged at them with a thirteen inch knife.

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