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Relatives of People Killed by Police Call for Inspector General Investigation

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Relatives of those killed by police officers are calling on the NYPD's inspector general to investigate excessive force by police resulting in death. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

They came with anger and questions.

"The police department is out of control," said one woman at the rally.

"Mohammad, he's a wonderful boy who never commit any crime, who never do nothing," said Hawa Bah, the mother of Mohammad Bah.

They brought their frustration to the newly created New York City Police Department inspector general because they haven't gotten the answers they want.

"Too many officers and judges are allowing these cops to go free," said Iris Baez, the mother of Anthony Baez.

Iris Baez lost her son, Anthony Baez, in 1994. An officer choked the 29-year-old, and the officer served time for federal civil rights violations, but most here said the officers were not held accountable.

"How we are allowing this to happen in the city," Iris Baez said.

The meeting was set before the latest fatal choking incident. Eric Garner died last month after an officer put him in the banned chokehold. One officer is on modified duty while the Staten Island district attorney and internal affairs investigate.

"If you don't have them on tape, then you have slim to no chance of getting any kind of justice," said Natasha Duncan, the sister of Shantel Davis.

Duncan still wants the detective charged who killed her sister two years ago. Police had said the 23-year-old was shot and killed as police tried to enter the stolen car she had crashed.

"I received news about my son and these cops in the newspaper," said Carol Gray, the mother of Kimani Gray. "I didn't get a sitdown with the DA or anything to speak about the condition of my son's case."

The Brooklyn DA last month declined to prosecute the two officers who shot Carol Gray's son, Kimani. Police said the 16-year-old pulled out a gun. The family claims it was planted.

"None of these officers have been held accountable," said Loyda Colon of The Justice Committee.

Hours later, they emerged from the meeting saying the inspector general told them he would conduct a serious investigation into each case, trying to find out what went wrong so it doesn't happen again.

The office of the inspector general for the NYPD issued a statement saying it continues to meet with an array of groups and individuals, including police reform organizations. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP