Delrawn Small

37-year-old Delrawn Small was shot and killed by NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs on July 4, 2016 in East New York, Brooklyn. The killing occurred just one day before Alton Sterling was killed by police in Louisiana and two days prior to Philando Castile being killed by police in Minnesota. Isaacs killed Delrawn in front of his loved ones, including his four-month-old son and girlfriend. Click here to learn more about the call for Justice for Delrawn Small.

(Read below a collection of press releases and news articles about the NYPD killing of Delrawn Small and demands for accountability for the NYPD officer who killed him.)

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.
10/17/2017
BillMoyers.com

"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

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)
09/13/2017
amNewYork

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

02/27/2017
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..."

A True Sanctuary City Requires Action to Change The NYPD

As New Yorkers resist the Trump administration’s racist, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, and other discriminatory actions, it’s more urgent now than ever for New York’s elected and public officials to take action to protect our communities.  We saw some of that in Albany this week with the State Assembly passing criminal justice reform legislation, even as action is still needed in NYC to end broken windows policing and pass the Right to Know Act.

As de Blasio & O’Neill Give Monthly Crime Data Briefing, Reform Campaign Releases Month’s Compilation of Alleged Abuses & Misconduct

As Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner O’Neill give briefing on crime data from the last month and continue promoting “neighborhood policing,” media reports highlighting allegations and incidents of NYPD abuses, misconduct and lack of accountability continue.

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