Family of Rexford Dasrath, a special needs man killed by NYPD officers, holds rally for families of victims of police shootings

Rexford Dasrath, a 22-year-old man with special needs, was killed two months ago by NYPD officers. His family held a vigil in his honor on Saturday at the home where he lost his life.

Rexford Dasrath, a 22-year-old man with special needs, was killed two months ago by NYPD officers. His family held a vigil in his honor on Saturday at the home where he lost his life. (1/18/14)

BROOKLYN - The family of a man who was killed by NYPD officers held a rally in Bushwick for families of victims of police-involved shootings.

Rexford Dasrath, a 22-year-old man with special needs, was fatally shot two months ago by NYPD officers. His family held a vigil in his honor on Saturday at the home where he lost his life.

A large crowd chanted, "No justice, no peace," as they marched down Hart Street in remembrance of Dasrath. They held signs that read, "Justice for Rexford Dasrath."

On Nov. 18, police responded to a tenant/landlord dispute at Dasrath's home in Bushwick. The NYPD claims that officers entered the home and ended up shooting the mentally disabled man when he threatened them with a knife.

However, family members and supporters don't think that's the whole story. They say Dasrath was holding a butter knife he used to make sandwiches. They believe the officers should have responded differently to a suspect with mental disabilities.

Protesters say they are pushing for more police accountability and suggest they work with crisis centers in these situations.
 

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