NEW YORK — There was an emotional plea for justice on Monday.
The household of Ronald Anthony Smith met with the Civilian Complaint Review Board, greater than seven months after he was fatally struck by an NYPD vehicle, CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reported.
On April 7, Smith. Police say he was hit whereas standing on the painted median by two officers in a van.
“You see this man? That’s my brother,” stated Julie Floyd, the sufferer’s sister.
Floyd says she was devastated by the characterization of her brother.
“Homeless man killed by cops. That was it,. Never another word. Do you know how shocking that it is to wake up and see that knowing that’s your brother?” Floyd stated.
His dying is presently being investigated by the New York Attorney General’s Office. His household has been pissed off by the prolonged course of. Cases like these have taken as much as a year, if not longer, to complete.
As half of the probe, the household and their legal professionals had been proven video of the crash.
“They were speeding so fast that they drove 35 feet with Ronald Anthony Smith on the hood of their van,” stated Loyda Colon of the Justice Committee.
Colon stated that footage additionally confirmed an officer performing CPR with one hand, whereas holding a cellphone within the different.
“They didn’t even try to save his life,” Colon stated.
“And then to just drag him off to the side like he was a dead dog?” Floyd stated.
Family legal professional David Rankin stated their struggle is about justice.
“There is no reason to have the NYPD continue to behave in a way as though the law doesn’t apply to them. It just has to stop,” Rankin stated. “We’re suing them for the video that everybody acknowledges is going to publicly available.”
Smith’s two siblings met with the CCRB on Monday in an effort to make sure the officers are held accountable.
“It’s a nightmare and those cops need to be fired,” Floyd stated.
CBS2 requested police about all of these allegations, however they might solely say the NYPD’s Force Investigation Division is wanting into the incident. The officer who was driving is on desk responsibility, whereas the AG’s office investigates.