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NY1 At 20: 1999 Report Examines NYPD Backlash After Borough Park Shooting

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NY1 VIDEO: As NY1 revisits its 20-year history, the station looks back at reporter Rebecca Spitz's August 31, 1999 coverage as the Borough Park community became enraged following the police-involved shooting death of Gidone "Gary" Busch, an Orthodox Jewish man with a history of emotional problems. According to police, neighbors claimed Busch was threatening people in the street with a hammer prior to the shooting. However, Busch's family and many in the Borough Park community disputed that account.

NY1 FOLLOW-UP: A Brooklyn grand jury did not indict the four officers involved in the shooting. Busch's family sued the NYPD, but more than four years after the shooting, a jury found the Police Department was not liable in Busch's death. In 2004 a federal judge overturned that ruling, saying he had serious doubts about the credibility of some of the officers who testified in the civil case. He ordered another trial, but Busch's family declined to pursue the case.

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