Justice for Delrawn Small

On July 4, 2016, 37-year-old Delrawn Small was shot and killed by NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs in front of his 4-month-old baby, teen stepdaughter, and girlfriend. Delrawn was killed just one day before Alton Sterling was killed by police in Louisiana and two days before Philando Castile was killed by police in Minnesota. Officers in both cases are no longer with their respective police departments, while more than four years after Delrawn’s killing, Isaacs is still employed by the NYPD.

Initial accounts from Isaacs and the NYPD falsely claimed that Isaacs was physically assaulted, but surveillance video, released days after these claims saturated media coverage of the killing, discredited such accounts. The footage showed that Isaacs shot Mr. Small, who was unarmed, within seconds; in fact, Isaacs unholstered his gun and rolled down his window to shoot Mr. Small from his car. After shooting Mr. Small, Isaacs left him to bleed to death on the street offering no emergency aid and never even communicating that he had shot someone in his call to 911.

While Isaacs was charged and prosecuted for murder by the NYS Attorney General’s office, he was defended by powerful police union attorneys and acquitted at trial. Isaacs should have been fired but has faced no meaningful discipline for killing Delrawn Small.

In October 2020, the CCRB substantiated charges against Wayne Isaacs, the NYPD stopped blocking the CCRB and served those charges on Isaacs in January 2021, but his discipline trial has yet to be scheduled.

Help uplift the demands of Delrawn’s Family: 

  • Demand the NYPD to immediately schedule the disciplinary trial of Wayne Isaacs. 
  • Demand the Mayor and the NYPD fire Officer Wayne Isaacs for killing Delrawn Small.

News on Delrawn Small

Girlfriend of Delrawn Small details day cop fatally shot him

New York Daily News

A pre-Fourth of July that started with a barbecue and drinks with friends ended with a woman watching in horror as the father of her infant son was gunned down on a Brooklyn street in a road-rage incident with an off-duty NYPD cop.

“He was grunting, making noises, seen blood all over, he was leaking out just leaking,” Zaquanna Albert told a jury Wednesday about the last moments of Delrawn Small’s life.

NYPD cop who killed Delrawn Small was 'callous' in road-rage fit

New York Daily News

The family of a Brooklyn man who an NYPD officer gunned down in a road rage incident broke down in tears as jurors were shown a photo of his bloody corpse.

Officer Wayne Isaacs faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of murder in what prosecutors called the “callous” and “indifferent” killing of Delrawn Small early on July 4, 2016, on Atlantic Ave. in East New York.

Assistant Attorney General Jose Nieves made his opening argument Monday in the trial, in which Isaacs claims the shooting of the 37-year-old Small was justified because he feared for his life.

Trial to Begin for Off-Duty Officer Charged in Fatal Traffic Dispute

New York Times

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin on Monday in the trial of a New York City police officer who shot and killed a motorist in a traffic dispute as he headed home from work last year in Brooklyn.

Wayne Isaacs is the first police officer in the state to be tried under an executive order that gave the attorney general the power to investigate and prosecute officers for civilian deaths at their hands or in their custody.

Losing a Brother: Victoria Davis and Victor Dempsey Fight for ‘The Right to Know' Law

Why the families of people killed by police are holding "Take a Knee" actions to highlight their demands for transparency.

"On July 4, 2016, NYPD officer Wayne Isaacs shot and killed my brother, Delrawn Small, and left him to die in the street without assistance. Wayne Isaacs was still sitting in the car when he shot Delrawn.

"My family is demanding that Isaacs be held accountable [for killing our brother]. But we also know that holding one officer accountable will not end police violence. We need strong policy changes to help end abusive policing in New York City. Our family is demanding the Right to Know Act be passed and [for] Wayne Isaacs to be held accountable as civilians are always held accountable." - Victoria Davis, sister of Delrawn Small

NYPD cop had no 'justification' for shooting Small: prosecutor

Wayne Isaacs (l.) is the first NYPD officer to be prosecuted by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman under Gov. Cuomo's 2015 executive order. (ANTHONY DELMUNDO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Daily News (New York)

An NYPD cop carried out a “brutal and deliberate act” in gunning down a Brooklyn motorist in a deadly road rage confrontation, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Officer Wayne Isaacs, 37, has been charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Delrawn Small, also 37, in a July 4 roadside showdown in East New York.

Family of Delrawn Small says trial date for officer who killed him ‘bittersweet’

Pre-trial hearings for the off-duty officer who fatally shot Delrawn Small wrapped up on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Above, Victoria Davis, Smalls' sister, speaks after the final pre-trial hearing. (Credit: Alison Fox)

Small’s brother, Victor Dempsey, said setting a trial date is a step in the right direction, but it’s not the end for his family.

“It’s bittersweet,” he said. “It’s not going to be over. Unfortunately, we have to think of all the holidays that are going to come up, we have to think of the school year starting and ending for his kids. So yeah, we can get a trial and we’re asking for a speedy trial. ... What happens after that is we continue to fight. What happens after that is we continue to make sure that everyone’s held accountable, especially the NYPD, the mayor, everybody that’s part of this legal system.”

How Cuomo's Special Prosecutor Order Is Playing Out, 19 Months Later

Gotham Gazette

About 19 months ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order that was hailed by many advocates and elected officials as a bold and unprecedented step towards police accountability...Over the course of the year-and-a-half since Cuomo signed the order, there have been more than a dozen police-involved deaths across New York State that have warranted examination by Schneiderman’s office. Nine have been determined to fall under the attorney general’s jurisdiction, with mixed results....Now, advocates and victims' families are pushing for the executive order to be written into law — both for permanence and to broaden criteria for cases that fall under the attorney general’s jurisdiction.

Statement from Ramarley Graham's Mother, Constance Malcolm, Re: Commissioner O’Neill Claiming He Plans to Meet with Her & Mayor de Blasio Stating That He Would Meet with Her

Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham, released the following statement in response to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill telling news outlets he plans to meet with her and Mayor de Blasio claiming that he would meet with her, seemingly portraying her criticism as obscured by tragedy, and that NYPD training has solved the problem of police killings and brutality. 

“Through their actions, it seems that the Mayor and Commissioner are more concerned with how they look in the media, instead of directly dealing with the concerns I have as a mother whose son was killed by their NYPD over 5 years ago..."