NYPD Sergeant Acquitted Of Charges For The Death Of Deborah Danner

NYPD Sergeant Acquitted Of Charges For The Death Of Deborah Danner

A nine-year veteran of the 43rd Precinct, Barry faces up to life in prison if convicted of the murder charge.

An NYPD sergeant charged in the shooting death of a emotionally disturbed woman in the Bronx has been found not guilty on all counts, a judge ruled Thursday.

Barry was charged with murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges in the death of 66-year-old Deborah Danner. 'The last thing I want was for her to go into the room and get the scissors'.

The 2016 shooting prompted street protests and was immediately criticized by police commissioner James O'Neill, who told reporters, "We failed", and Mayor de Blasio, who called Danner's death "tragic and unacceptable".

On the stand, Barry said a Taser was not an appropriate defense against a swinging bat.

The day Danner was killed, October 18, 2016, the NYPD had been called about an "emotionally disturbed person" inside a seventh-floor apartment on Pugsley Avenue and encountered the woman holding scissors in a bedroom, police said at the time. Barry's lawyer, Andrew Quinn, said in his opening statement that Barry fired because Danner was swinging a bat at his head. He said he could not back up because five other officers were crowded close behind him.

O'Neill said at the time that his department had "failed" by not subduing Danner without resorting to deadly force. "That's not how it's supposed to go. It's not how we train". He went on to say that Danner can not be seen as an emotionally disturbed person because the moment she grabbed the bat, she become a person with a weapon.

Yet prosecutors argued that Barry ignored his training when he walked into the mentally ill woman's bedroom.

A police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill woman in her NY apartment after she brandished scissors and a bat has been acquitted.

The not guilty verdict was met with immediate praise from the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association. "Mental health professionals should be part of the response to emotionally disturbed persons". But he said he was outraged "for the malicious prosecution that was conducted for the most nefarious of reasons".

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