In New York City, residents are protesting the fatal police shooting of 66-year-old African American Deborah Danner, who was killed by a New York Police Department sergeant Tuesday. Danner had mental health issues, including schizophrenia. Police say she was shot and killed in her own home in the Bronx after a neighbor called 911. When police arrived, they found Danner naked in her bedroom holding a pair of scissors. Authorities say Sergeant Hugh Barry fatally shot her after she picked up a baseball bat. This is New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Mayor Bill de Blasio: “Deborah Danner, 66 years old, and known to the NYPD as someone who suffered from mental illness. And the shooting of Deborah Danner is tragic, and it is unacceptable. It should never have happened. It’s as simple as that. It should never have happened.”
Sergeant Hugh Barry has been sued twice in recent years for brutality. Deborah Danner has previously expressed concern about police violence against those living with mental illnesses. In a 2012 essay, Danner wrote, “We are all aware of the all too frequent news stories about the mentally ill who come up against law enforcement instead of mental health professionals and end up dead.” On Tuesday night, dozens rallied in the Bronx to demand justice for Deborah Danner.