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What we know about the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Utica, New York

What we know about the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Utica, New York

What we know about the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Utica, New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in upstate New York Boarded and then shot A 13-year-old boy died after pointing what turned out to be a BB gun at officers during a foot chase.

Utica officials on Saturday released body camera footage of the Friday night shooting and held a contentious public meeting attended by the teen’s family and other members of the local refugee community.

The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating the incident and the officers involved have been placed on leave, as is protocol during such shootings.

Here’s what you need to know.

What happened?

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. on a residential street in Utica, a former industrial city about 240 miles (400 kilometers) northwest of Manhattan that sits along the Mohawk River at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains.

According to police, three officers on patrol stopped to question two young men. One of the teens, Nyah Mway, fled on foot and pointed what police said appeared to be a handgun at the officers. After tackling the teen to the ground, one of the officers shot him in the chest. The teen was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Who was the victim?

Mway, whose last name is Nyah, was a Karen refugee born in Myanmar. He had just graduated from high school and was scheduled to start middle school in the fall.

Distraught relatives and other members of the local Karen community have… He called for police to be held accountable. for what they consider an unjust murder, since Mway was already subdued and on the ground when he was shot.

The teen’s family said Monday they were waiting for the medical examiner’s office to release the body so they could make funeral arrangements. The Onondaga County Health Department said the cause and manner of death are still pending and the autopsy report has not been made public.

Mway’s cousin, Lay Htoo, told The Associated Press that the family had come to the United States in search of education and good jobs in hopes of living a peaceful life after decades of conflict and Violence in Myanmarwhich is immersed in civil war.

Who are the officers?

The police have The names of the three officers were released. involved in the incident, saying they are assigned to a crime prevention unit. Patrick Husnay, a six-year veteran of the department, was the officer who shot the boy.

Bryce Patterson, who has been on the force for four years, and Andrew Citriniti, a two-year veteran of the department who previously served with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, were the other officers involved.

All three remain on paid administrative leave, which is standard for police-involved shootings, department spokesman Lt. Michael Curley confirmed Monday.

What do body camera images show?

The videos released on Saturday night show a chaotic scene.

In the footage, an officer says he needs to pat down the two teens standing on the sidewalk to make sure they don’t have any weapons. One of them runs off down the street, apparently holding a dark object as he flees.

The officers shout “gun!” before one of them tackles him and punches him. Another officer opens fire as the two struggle on the ground.

On the recordings, bystanders can be heard shouting at police. At one point, an officer responds: “We’re trying to save him right now!”

What weapon was brandished?

Police say the pellet gun Mway was pointing closely resembled a Glock 17 Gen 5 pistol with a detachable magazine.

The Department images published showing that the device did not have an orange band on the barrel that many air gun manufacturers have added in recent years to distinguish their products from real firearms.

What have the officials said?

Police Chief Mark Williams said officers stopped the teens because they matched the description of suspects in recent robberies in the area.

He said the suspects in those cases were Asian men, one on foot and the other on a bicycle, who were brandishing a black firearm.

Mayor Michael Galime spoke on Saturday and met privately with the family. He addressed the Karen community. during a contentious meeting Sunday at a local church, rejecting suggestions that the shooting showed bias.

“What I witnessed on the body camera footage and in all the reports I read leading up to that incident, there was no reference or indication that there was racism,” Galime told the crowd.

Michael Gentile, his chief of staff, declined to elaborate Monday, saying the mayor “was asked a direct question regarding racism and gave a direct answer that has not changed.”

What is the Karen community?

Karens are a Ethnic minority who are among the groups fighting against the military rulers of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Utica, a city of more than 65,000 people, is home to more than 4,200 people from Myanmar, according The Center, a nonprofit organization that helps resettle refugees.

They are among thousands of refugees from various countries who have settled in the area in recent decades and now account for more than 20 percent of the population of the fading heart of the Rust Belt, according to some estimates.

Whats Next?

State Attorney General Letitia James’ office is conducting a review to determine whether the police department’s use of force was justified, as is standard in police shootings.

His office said Monday that the investigation was ongoing and he could not provide a timeline for when it would be complete.

The police department is conducting its own investigation to see if officers followed proper procedures, policies and training.

Curley said Monday that any additional details about the criminal investigation into the shooting will come from James’ office.

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Associated Press radio journalist Julie Walker contributed to this report.

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