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.”READ MORE: Suffolk County Officials Urge Residents To Check Out 'Smart 911' App To Help Emergency Responders Save Lives
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.READ MORE: Boil Water Advisory Finally Lifted For 4 Northern New Jersey Towns
“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.MORE NEWS: Ribbon Cutting Marks Official Opening Of NYC's Newest Pride Health Center In The Bronx
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