NEWBURGH, NY– Friday evening, an officer involved shooting occurred in Newburgh involving a suspect that reportedly pulled out a silver handgun during contact with police.
The suspect, only described at the time of this writing as a man in his early 20’s, is dead, and several officers were left injured.
According to reports, police approached the suspect around 5pm on Williams street, who was wanted for questioning in relation to a shooting that had occurred Thursday near Benkard Avenue and William Street.
Police said that when they approached the suspect, he pulled out a silver handgun.
Mayor: Man fatally shot, police officer wounded in City of Newburghhttps://t.co/KzItLy3vS1
— Lana Bellamy (@lanabellamy845) March 28, 2020
So far, few details have been released other than to say “a struggle ensued,” and that the suspect’s firearm discharged.
An unknown number of officers returned fire, striking and killing the suspect.
It is unknown at this time how many officers were injured and what the nature or extent of their injuries are.
What is known is that City Councilman-at-large Omari Shakur was outside of the hospital where officers and the suspect were all reportedly taken, Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, less than two hours after the incident occurred stirring the pot and condemning police before literally any type of investigation could even be started.
If you don’t remember the joke of a city “leader,” Shakur, you can see Law Enforcement Today’s most recent article on the scumbag following this new information.
Mayor Torrance Harvey told reporters that he had little to no information regarding the incident, to include even just the age of the suspect.
“One young man was taken to the police station as an eye witness, but I don’t know who that was.”
Even so, Shakur took it upon himself to talk to the crown about how the “pigs” are “killers” and shot an “unarmed black man.”
Shortly after getting the crowds riled up outside the hospital, he posted a Facebook live video again calling the cops killers:
“These are the killers in our communities!”
He posts another video a short time later saying he was denied entry into a “police conference” about the incident, so obviously, he tells the camera:
“A cover-up is going on in your community!”
Naturally, the people of Newburgh started lighting stuff on fire to show their grief. What better way to express sadness than to start a riot?
That’s exactly what happened near the hospital and the scene of the shooting.
Of course, Shakur was right there with them, walking around recording the actions and adding to their anger, narrating the whole time with nonsense.
While they’re screaming and causing damage to their city, Shakur says:
“I’m the only one out here talking to our children.”
One of those “children” is seen coming into the camera to address viewers. He says:
“This is what happen when you think you gonna kill us and we not gonna do nothin, man. Fuck the cops! Every time you kill a black man, this what’s gonna happen.”
To which Shakur responds, as more “children” can be seen dragging things to set on fire in the background:
“Yeah. Our children, man.”
Im genuinely scared right now that someone’s going to get seriously hurt here in Newburgh, #NY. Fire is growing. People shouting anti police chants and fueling fire with furniture… pic.twitter.com/o5QcdkanhA
— Ben Nandy (@BenNandyNews) March 28, 2020
At one point, Shakur asks a couple of people off camera:
“Yo, yo, yo. Yo, When I call you, ya’ll gonna come?”
One man says:
“Hell yeah, man.”
A woman says:
“That’s right! We gonna start a revolution against these pig-head mother fuckers.”
And Shakur’s inspiring words continue with:
“You hearing it right from our children. Our children says enough is enough.”
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what’s wrong with our country right now.
You can see below for the type of person Shakur is and the type of person that city decided to elect into a position of leadership.
He is not a leader. He does not set a good role model for “our children.”
He is disgusting. Despicable. Deplorable. And so are the people who act like him.
Here is LET’s previous post on this nimrod:
Smile Omari Shakur…you’re on Law Enforcement Today…and every one of our readers, inside and outside of law enforcement, are going to see what a total goon you are.
Readers, meet Omari Shakur, a Councilman-at-Large in the City of Newburgh, NY. Shakur thinks he is important…he thinks that he is above the law.
“DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?”
That’s Omari. He’s an elected official!
Last Tuesday, a Newburgh police officer came upon Shakur in a vehicle stopped on Carpenter Avenue in the city. When he beeped his horn for the car to move, he received no response.
According to the officer, there were several open parking spots in the area, Police Benevolent Association President Ricardo Rivera said. He was trying to direct Shakur into one of the parking places instead of blocking traffic.
The detective exited his vehicle and approached the driver, Shakur.
The officer Shakur for his driver’s license. He refused repeated requests to provide his license, cursed at the officer and challenged them to arrest him. The incident was captured on body cameras worn by the officers.
This is @CityOfNewburgh Councilman Omari Shakur. His behavior is an ABSOLUTE DISGRACE, emboldens criminals & can NEVER BE TOLERATED. Elected officials should set the example when interacting with police. The DEA stands with our fellow union & officers.
— Detectives' Endowment Association (@NYCPDDEA) February 25, 2020
During the confrontation, Shakur, apparently a self-important legend in his own mind, told an officer:
“I’m your f**king boss.”
Yeah, um, ok.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is going to review the matter.
Mid-Hudson News attempted to speak with Shakur about the incident, but he said he was about to go into a meeting and couldn’t talk at the moment.
“The situation is under investigation and I have no further comment,” said Mayor Torrance Harvey.
Let’s look at the bodycam video of the incident, shall we? If you see one of the officers being rude or disrespectful on this video, please let us know. Meanwhile, listen to Shakur:
The Police Superior Officers Association pulled no punches in addressing Shakur’s conduct:
“These actions by an elected official, directed toward police officers are an example of the exact type of immoral, unethical and divisive behaviors that can never be tolerated.”
“The City of Newburgh, and its police department, takes pride on being one of the most diverse, welcoming and inclusive cities. The city and its police department have taken a firm stance on being open and transparent, speaking out against bigotry, racism, violence and unethical behavior.”
The union statement further said that they:
“hold our police officers and elected officials to the highest of standards and this is a prime example of gross deviation from what the residents and employees of the City of Newburgh expect from their elected officials.”
The union continued that Shakur :
“has repeatedly engaged in conduct that undermines the very fabric of our democracy and has endangered the lives of City of Newburgh police officers as well as other first responders that serve our community.”
The union also said that Shakur threatened to run over another uniformed officer, telling him to “pull your gun out (expletive) cause I’m getting ready to go at you.”
Shakur claimed that the detective had told him to be careful or Shakur will “end up like your son.”
Shakur’s 23-year-old son Antonio “Tony” Bryant was shot and killed by city police officers during an incident in 2006 that has created tension between Shakur and police officers in the city. Ok, so Shakur has an axe to grind with police officers—this should turn out well.
Shakur claimed that police were attempting to intimidate him during the incident, which lasted nearly 45 minutes.
During the interaction captured on video, Shakur continued swearing at officers, refused requests to provide identification and continually told the officers to “arrest me.”
Shakur claimed that the detective sent him “over the edge” by bringing up his son’s death after he was pulled over while visiting a constituent.
He also said that officer in question wasn’t wearing a body camera and that the statement about his son was made before other officers approached and filmed the incident. Yes, we are sure that is exactly what happened.
“If I threatened an officer, then why wasn’t I ticketed? Why wasn’t I arrested?” Shakur said. He went on to claim that he was only ticketed for parking on pavement.
The mayor of Newburgh said that he was called but was not present, so he has no further information and facts he needs to comment on what occurred.
“This incident is terribly unfortunate and is under investigation. That’s all I have to say right now.”
Harvey and Rivera both said that city staff had contacted an outside agency from Long Island to look into the incident. Harvey said that the agency looks into allegations of misconduct by elected officials and law enforcement.
Just who is Omari Shakur? Let’s see what we found.
According to the Times-Herald Record, Shakur spent years in prison. Shakur got out of prison and got hooked on drugs, then rehabilitated himself. Oh, and his mother joined the Black Panther movement, the revolutionary political organization founded in Oakland, Calif. in the 1960’s.
In 1987, Shakur went to prison for first-degree assault. He spent six years in jail.
It’s also apparent that Shakur has a long history of being a thorn in the side of police officers. He was arrested for disorderly conduct numerous times for filming police activity. In turn, several federal lawsuits were filed against the police department.
Things escalated when Shakur’s son was shot and killed by police officers after a chase. According to police at the time, Bryant was shot in the head by police officers after he fired at officers. Shakur of course thought that the death of his son was because of his long battle with the police department.
“I didn’t see it as a coincidence,” he said. “…I was protesting, I was angry, until I realized that I couldn’t bring my baby back. So, what did I want?”
After Shakur was elected to the city council, Police Chief Doug Solomon, who took over the department in 2018, said that despite Shakur’s history, he was willing to start fresh.
“I can’t speak to the past, but since I’ve gotten here, we’ve had an open dialogue about things,” Solomon said. “He (Shakur) has called me on several occasions where he’s had concerns or has advocated for the part of people wishing to look into one thing or another.”
Both had said that they were willing to work together.
“I get requests for information, and I have dialogue with the mayor and members of the council all the time on many different topics, and I will assume that I will have that interaction with him, as well,” Solomon said. “As always, I will do my best to work with and cooperate with requests for information from the City Council.”
“If you look, it’s definitely getting better,” Shakur said.
Apparently, this latest development may throw a monkey wrench into that last statement. Shakur’s self-important attitude with the NPD is not going to play well among officers on the department.