Updated 06/17/2012 10:37 AM
Brooklyn Vigil Renews Calls For Answers In Police-Involved Shooting
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Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Brooklyn Saturday for a vigil to protest the police shooting death of a suspected car thief.
Shantel Davis, 23, was shot and killed Thursday after crashing a stolen car into a minivan while fleeing from police in East Flatbush.
Investigators said the shooting happened when two plainclothes officers tried to enter the stolen car and Davis threw the vehicle into reverse.
"Based on what we do know, it seems as though the actions of our detectives was justified and appropriate," said Detectives' Endowment Association President Michael Palladino.
Among other things, the protestors spotlighted the fact that the officer who pulled the trigger reportedly had been sued at least six times over alleged brutality since 2003.
"This detective has six cases against him in which the city is on all likelihood representing him as a defendant. What are the facts of those case? We're gonna get down to the bottom of it because we want to know if this is an example of excessive force," said Family Attorney Sanford Rubenstein.
"You not gonna stand there and say that this woman got into a car accident and as a result of her car accident she's dead. And then turn around and say the cop fired his gun by accident but leave him alone," said Kirsten John Foy of the National Action Network.
Police said Davis had previously been charged with attempted murder.
The two officers involved have been placed on administrative duty.
In a statement, the City Law Department said that in the settlement of lawsuits against officers it is "critical to remember that settlement is not an admission of liability. Conclusions concerning an officer's reputation should not be based on the fact of prior settlements, especially when a wide range of factors determines settlement decisions."