But before Sterling and Castile came Delrawn Small, a black man shot and killed by an off-duty New York Police Department officer during a road-rage incident on July 4, the New York Daily News reported. Authorities have refused to release video footage of the incident – but the case has already sparked local protests in Brooklyn, New York.
At a stoplight, Small exited his vehicle to
argue with Isaacs and the incident escalated to violence, according to authorities. A witness said Isaacs cut Small's car off on the road. Small
reportedly punched Isaacs three times in the face while Isaac was seated in his
vehicle before the off-duty officer used his service weapon to fire three
Albert and the children saw the entire thing unfold, according to the Daily News. "Words can't begin to explain the pain I feel right now," Albert wrote in a Facebook post Monday.
The incident draws
striking similarities to the Castile shooting that occurred in a suburb of St.
Perhaps most notably is this: With the reporting of these two deaths came the circulation of two numbers — the 114th and 115th known black men killed by police officers in the U.S. this year. Those numbers, provided via a longterm research project by the Washington Post, do not take into account people killed by off-duty police officers, like Small, suggesting those numbers are conservative, at best.
"We are comfortable, based on the preliminary
investigation, that this was a road-rage incident," Bratton said of the Small
One thing is clear: Small's loved ones are
far from feeling comfortable. "I