Shooting victim's family questions cops' response

Family members of the 18-year-old Brooklyn boy killed by police earlier this week are raising new questions about his death.Kiehl Coppin?s family stood with elected

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT - Family members of the 18-year-old Brooklyn boy killed by police earlier this week are raising new questions about his death.

Kiehl Coppin?s family stood with elected officials from across the borough Friday at Brighter Way Baptist Church to express their concerns. Coppin was killed after a dispute was reported at his Bed-Stuy apartment. Police said they believed Coppin was armed and they were in danger. However, Coppin was holding a hairbrush.

The family?s lawyer, Paul Wooten, said he took issue with New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly?s claim that police acted within department guidelines. Wooten said the family believes Coppin did not get the mental health care he needed in the hours before the shooting.

Wooten also said police did not listen to Coppin?s mother when she said her son did not have a gun. The family is questioning police procedure for dealing with emotionally disturbed individuals. They described the killing as the result of excessive force.

Interfaith Medical Center?s mobile crisis unit responded to a call for help, put out by Coppin?s mother, earlier on the evening the teen was shot. However, Coppin was out of the house when they arrived. Hospital officials insist they responded within the timeframe mandated by law.

The family said Coppin?s funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Related Information:

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A press conference was held in Downtown Brooklyn 1 VIDEO: El Chapo extradited and arraigned in Brooklyn
2 VIDEO: Extended interview with owner of BeeHive Oven Biscuit Cafe
A New York City sanitation truck backed up 3 2 hospitalized after DSNY truck backs up into car
Brooklyn nail salon makes its own unique nail 4 Brooklyn Style: k2 Nail Salon
Kilusan Bautista once lived in Crown Heights until 5 NYC man's show puts spotlight on gentrification

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE