The NYPD is now saying that they failed a 66-year-old mentally ill Black woman, after killing her.
An uniformed NYPD sergeant shot and killed Deborah Danner after she waved a pair of scissors and a baseball bat at him, police said.
Police received a “person in crisis” call and arrived at Danner’s apartment.
Sgt. Hugh Barry responded to a 911 call about an emotionally disturbed person in The Bronx just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, when a neighbor complained that a woman was acting in an irrational manner, according to the NYPD.
About 10 minutes later, Barry entered the apartment to investigate and found Danner armed with a pair a scissors, according to cops. The sergeant convinced Danner to put the scissors down, but she then approached the officer and grabbed a baseball bat, police said. It was then, that Barry shot Danner.
According to New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill, the NYPD failed the elderly woman.
“That’s not how it’s supposed to go,” O’Neill said. “It’s not how we train. Out first obligation is to preserve life — not to take a life when it can be avoided.”
“Cops know when you become a police officer you are 100 percent accountable for your actions — everything you do,” he said. “When a life is taken, as one was last night, we have to ask tough questions.”
Barry has been placed on modified duty.
Earlier this summer, Danner tweeted what it’s like to be a black person and dealing with the police:
Point of the Conversation: How'd U like to move about w/a TARGET on you because of the color of your skin? BLACK LIVES MATTER!
— Deborah Danner (@DeborahDanner01) July 8, 2016