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Police Officer Who Shot Ex-Spring Valley Man Indicted

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will prosecute the case of a New York City police officer who shot an ex-Spring Valley man following a road-rage incident.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will prosecute the case of a New York City police officer who shot an ex-Spring Valley man following a road-rage incident. Photo Credit: Facebook/Eric T. Schneiderman

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. -- An off-duty New York City police officer who shot and killed ex-Spring Valley resident Delrawn Small following a road rage incident on July 4, was charged Monday with second-degree murder, according to multiple reports.

Officer Wayne Isaacs, 37, is the first police officer in the state to be prosecuted by the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, since a 2015 executive order granted him the power to investigate police involved shootings, according to the New York Daily News.

According to witnesses, the confrontation began when Small, in a 2016 Kia, was cut off by Isaacs, said the Daily News.

Small then chased Isaacs’ vehicle to a red light where they were both stopped on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, added the Daily News.

When the two were stopped at the red light, Small, whose girlfriend and two children were in the car, approached Isaacs' car and punched him. Surveillance cameras in the area then show Small, 37, being shot in the arm, chest and abdomen by Isaacs through the open driver's window, The New York Times reported.

The surveillance camera does not show Small punch Isaacs, said the Daily News.

Days after the shooting, Isaacs was placed on modified duty without a gun or badge. Since then he has been suspended for 30 days without pay, added The New York Times.

In a 2014 lawsuit, Isaacs was accused of false arrest where the suspect was "punched, kicked and struck several times in the head," reported the Daily News.

Small had been arrested 19 times and had completed his parole on a 2013 assault arrest, said the Daily News.

Small's death, which has not received the same media coverage or social protest and outrage as other recent police-related shooting events, occurred the same week that Alton B. Sterling was shot and killed by the police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile was killed by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, said The New York Times.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the executive order granting Schneiderman the power to investigate and prosecute police-related deaths last year, after a series of civilian killings involving the police, added The New York Times.

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