NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is calling for a community summit on policing following the fatal police shooting of a mentally ill woman in New York City.
At his weekly action rally Saturday, he said a summit with the police commissioner and others must be held “within days” because “these things keep happening.”
The 66-year-old victim, Deborah Danner, was shot at her Bronx apartment after she threatened a police officer with a baseball bat.
Assemblyman Michael Blake called on prosecutors and police to punish Sgt. Hugh Barry, who fired the fatal shot, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.
“He needs to lose his job, period. That’s how it has to be,” Blake said. “Number two — we need to make sure that the district attorney is a part of the process of making sure that a true investigation happens.”
Sharpton was also critical of the sergeant, who has been placed on modified duty.
“If you’ve got a gun and a Taser, and you decide to use the gun rather than the Taser, that is an intentional decision,” he said.
The mayor and police commissioner have condemned the shooting.
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