Antonio Williams was waiting for a taxi one night in 2019 when a line of NYPD officers chased, kicked and hit him in the head before shooting him to death and letting him bleed for five minutes. And they still don’t reveal why the 27-year-old man was approached at all, according to a lawsuit and new recordings released by his family.
“Nothing can bring Antonio back, but in a year … we had zero response and zero accountability, and that has to happen,” his sister, Nicole Williams, said at a news conference on Tuesday announcing the city and the NYPD. .
According to a lawsuit filed in the Bronx Supreme Court, Williams Williams was standing on Bronx Street after watching a boxing match with his friends on September 29, 2019, when members of the NYPD Crime Unit “drove up the sidewalk” without signal. car and started shouting at the father of two.
Out of fear, Williams began to run – the lawsuit stresses that it is a legitimate right of the law because the officers had no suspicion of any crime. A second group of police officers joined the persecution and repeatedly fought and hit Williams. It ended with six officers firing their guns and fatally hitting Williams and Policeman Brian Mulkeen as well.
The NYPD never explained why Williams was approached or what led to the increasing use of violence – a lack of transparency, according to his family, proves that the NYPD recklessly killed him and Mulken.
“Antonio was standing on the street waiting for a taxi when NYPD civilian officers jumped on him in the middle of the night, chased him, beat him and shot him in at least 15 bullet hail.” Shawn and Gladys Williams, the 27-year-old father and stepmother, told The Daily Beast.
“We have filed this lawsuit and we are fighting for justice because the black man on the street should not be considered a crime, but Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD treat the murder of our son as much as they can only push under the rug. Antonio was a loving boy, father, brother and friend. We should celebrate the holidays with him, instead of suing and fighting to get these dangerous officers fired.
The family posted a new footage of the incident surrounding officers on Tuesday and was beheaded at least eight times by a tree. This also shows that Williams is handcuffed after the shooting and then stood around him for about five minutes before CPR was administered. The lawsuit demands that the jury be heard and terminated by the officers concerned.
David Rankin, the family’s lawyer, said on Tuesday that punching someone in the head is not an effective strategy when trying to handcuff him.
“These are completely unnecessary headaches. Then he sees an officer jump up and show up to shoot a gun, ”he said.
A total of 15 shots were fired. According to the lawsuit, officers subsequently decided to provide immediate assistance to Mulkeen, leaving Williams in pain and “unduly delaying emergency medical care.”
The NYPD had previously claimed that Williams had reached for Mulkeen’s weapon, which released him. In an edited video of the incident released in December 2019, Mulkeen shouts, “Rabbit for him – rabbit for him!” But the allegations in the family dispute reached Williams for a gun, and no gun belonging to the 27-year-old man was found at the scene.
The newly released footage shows that officers still handcuffed Williams after the shooting, though he does not appear to be moving.
“There is no zero reason to perform CPR with someone who is in handcuffs because that would make CPR ineffective. Two, there’s no reason to handcuff you in the first place because you don’t seem to be moving, ”Rankin said. – And three, just over five minutes after the shot, they start CPR. If someone is going to provide medical care, they should do so immediately. “
Eventually, Williams was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead from wounds to his head and torso. No officers were charged or disciplined, and the Bronx District Prosecutor’s Office did not complete the investigation – prompting the family to continue their own judicial attempt.
The District Prosecutor’s Office and the NYPD did not respond to The Daily Beast’s comments.
The lawsuit alleges the case violated New York State law and the NYPD’s class regulations because officers had no probable cause for Williams ’arrest or threat.
In addition, the lawsuit alleges that back in 2019, the NYPD “pursued an effective policy and / or practice without the unlawful arrest and detention of New York’s minority residents in New York, without a reasonable suspicion and / or evidence that a crime was committed. happened, happened or will happen soon. “
“If he lived in a white community, there would never have been a stop. Not to mention showering …“
The Williams family is “fully respected by the Bronx District Prosecutor, but Mayor Blasio and the NYPD,” said Loyda Colon, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee and spokesperson for Communities Police Reform, on Tuesday. “No family should be forced to wait that long without action and accountability – especially after experiencing the NYPD and unfairly demonizing their loved one to try to excuse the murder.”
Colon said the Williams family was forced to take legal action instead of officers being “shot for their deadly and illegal stops, escalations and reckless shooting”. “Every person in New York is at risk,” Colon said.
Williams’ brother, Justin, said Tuesday that the family wanted to see the officers and tried “because of my brother’s illegal murder.” Williams ’father, Shawn Williams, added:“ Who is he turning to to hold the police accountable? Who organizes the police?
For Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, who was killed in 2014 by NYPD officers, Williams ’death was another example of police“ escaping the murder ”.
“They killed him and tried to prove the incident was his fault,” Carr said Tuesday, adding that the NYPD will do everything they can to save them.
The officers involved in Garner’s death were never charged. According to Carr, “there are too many empty seats at the table in the black and brown community and nothing is being done about it. That is why I undertake to continue the fight.
“If he lived in a white community, he would never have stopped.” Not to mention the ink … and the murder, ”he said.