Mother's pleas in NYPD bodycam footage before son's fatal shooting

Mother's pleas in NYPD bodycam footage before son's fatal shooting

On March 27, New York City police officers fatally shot 19-year-old Win Rozario during a mental health crisis after he had called 911 seeking assistance. The confrontation, which occurred in the family's Queens home, escalated when Rozario reportedly came at the officers with scissors. Body camera footage from the incident was released by New York Attorney General Letitia James's office as part of a mandatory investigation into the shooting.

The footage revealed the intense moments leading up to the shooting, including pleas from Rozario's mother and younger brother directed at the officers. The NYPD has placed the officers involved, Salvatore Alongi and Matthew Cianfrocco, on modified assignment and is cooperating with the attorney general's investigation. Following the public release of the footage, Rozario's family has demanded that the officers be fired and prosecuted for murder.

In response to the incident, police commanders have defended the actions of the officers, stating that they had no choice but to use lethal force in self-defense. The incident has added to ongoing discussions about police conduct, especially in situations involving mental health crises, and has intensified calls for reform and accountability within law enforcement.


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