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. (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."

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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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