Father Of Saheed Vassell Calls Out NYPD's Alleged "Shoot To Kill" Practices

The unjust death of Saheed Vassell shows lasting effect on the rapidly-gentrifying community. 

The father of Saheed Vassell has called out the NYPD over his son's tragic death.

Vassell's father, Eric, admits he always felt as though his son would die at the hands of the department. Vassell was a community staple in Brooklyn's Crown Heights area. While suffering from bipolar disorder, he was described as harmless by residents, but on Wednesday (Apr. 4) three 911 calls claimed Vassell was pointing what appeared to be a gun at bystanders. The object turned out to be a metal pipe, but officers on the scene fired ten rounds at the 35-year-old.

“We were always worried for him," Eric told the New York Daily News. "We would say should anything happen to him, we just have to do what we can do." Footage of Vassell with the pipe has been released, but it hasn't stopped residents from calling out the NYPD for their practices. Mr. Vassell could not fathom why police found it imperative to shoot to kill. “Why shoot to kill?” he said. “Are you so afraid that you have to take his life?”

“They just hopped out of the car. It’s almost like they did a hit. They didn’t say please. They didn’t say put your hands up, nothing,” said 40-year-old Jaccbot Hinds told reporters. He added that officers jumped out of an unmarked car and fired without warning. It was confirmed later that three plainclothes and two uniformed officers arrived at the scene.

The Brooklyn community, primarily at the intersection of Utica and Montgomery, has faced great unrest since witnessing the death of one of their own. Vassell's death has also called into question if this tragedy is a result of the rapidly-gentrifying community at large.

While Vassell struggled with bipolar disorder and refused to seek treatment for it, everyone in the community described him as non-violent. According to the New York Times, prior to his death police even described him as an "emotionally disturbed person" given their previous encounters.

One of Vassell's old lovers, who asked to stay anonymous, became emotional when a New Yorker reporter asked her about the incident. “I lived with that man. I know his son, Tyshawn, from a baby age till now, you understand? He’s not a violent person. If you trying to disarm somebody that you believe have a gun—ten rounds? Ten rounds? Ten rounds? Be honest, ten rounds?”

Her comments fell in line with those of Vassell's 15-year-old Tyshawn as he struggled to find a justification for the actions of the police. Tyshawn solemnly admitted that "this is what our society has come to".

Many of the accounts from people in the community remain the same. They tell a story of a loving father and a man who despite his personal issues became a pillar in the community for being himself.

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"It’s been a little bit over three weeks. Trump is now ordering, as in summoning, federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid," she said. Cardi continued by telling people not to drag former President Barack Obama's partial government shutdown into the conversation, as his shutdown was for a better reason than Trump's dream border wall.

"Now, I don't want to hear any of y'all motherf**kas talkin' 'bout, 'Oh, but Obama shut down the government for 17 days,' Yeah, b***h! For healthcare!" she continued. "So your grandma could check her blood pressure and you b****es could go check y'all p***y at the gynecologist with no motherf**kin' problem. This sh*t is really f**kin' serious, bro. This sh*t is crazy. Like, our country is in a hellhole right now. All for a f**kin' wall."

The Invasion of Privacy MC continues by stating that she is "scared" and feels badly for those who aren't able to be compensated for their work.

"Now, I now a lot of y’all don’t care…  b***h I’m scared," she concludes. "This is crazy, and I really feel bad for these people that gotta go to f**kin' work without getting f**kin' paid."

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R. Kelly's Former Manager Will Reportedly Surrender To Georgia Police For Threats Towards Savage Family

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According to The Blast, Mason will surrender in Henry County, Ga. on Wednesday (Jan. 16) after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest, citing “terroristic threats and acts.” A police report obtained by the site states that Mason told Timothy Savage, the father of Kelly’s alleged cult member Jocelyn Savage, that he was going to “f**king kill” him when he saw him, and that he was going to harm him and his family.

A second manager for Kelly, Don Russell, is also reportedly under investigation for allegedly harassing and threatening the Savage family for participating in the six-part docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly. 

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According to The Blast, porn site xHamster reportedly said that searches for the term ‘R. Kelly’ are up 388 percent since the beginning of January. Of course, this coincides with the release of the six-part Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly, which chronicles over 20 years of indecent and immoral behavior towards teenage girls and women.

The site noted that they do not have the infamous tape that involves the controversial musician having sex with and urinating on an underage girl, nor will they ever carry it and other videos like it on their site.

“The R. Kelly tape is not on xHamster, nor would we ever allow it to be,” representatives for the site told The Blast. “Regardless of the news or sensation, a tape featuring underaged is both illegal and immoral.” xHamster also says they will be “disabling searches and putting up messages alerting any searches that the content is not acceptable.”

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