Family of man killed by police meets with Brooklyn DA

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Relatives of an emotionally disturbed Flatbush man who was fatally shot by police last week say more needs to be done in the aftermath of his death.

Less than 24 hours after burying their son, the parents of 32-year-old Dwayne Jeune met with acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. They are calling on the attorney general for a special investigation.

"We are willing to cooperate with the district attorney and attorney general in pursuing the truth," says Vibert Jeune, the victim's father. "Right now, we are in pain because this happened like a bolt of lightning, and we are suffering right now."

As News 12 has reported, Jeune's mother called 911 on July 31, stating her son, who the family admits dealt with schizophrenia, was emotionally disturbed but nonviolent. Police, however, say he lunged at officers with a carving knife.

Since the death of Deborah Danner in the Bronx, the NYPD has been training officers -- at least 105 a week -- to deal with emotionally disturbed persons. The officer who shot Jeune had not been trained.

A spokesperson for the district attorney's office tells News 12: "We were on the scene of the shooting the day it occurred and began our investigation that day. We are committed to conducting a fair, thorough and impartial inquiry into this matter."

The Jeune family says they are holding out hope for a "happy ending" in the meantime.

The attorney general's office tells News 12 that this case falls beyond its jurisdiction. An executive order allows the attorney general to investigate if a suspect is unarmed. However, after reviewing facts and evidence, the office says it appears that Jeune was armed.

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