Officer Wayne Isaacs, 37, was charged with second-degree degree murder for an apparent road rage fatal shooting of Delrawn Small, 46, on July 4. The dispute was caught on camera in Brooklyn earlier this year.
Isaacs appeared in Brooklyn Criminal Court Tuesday and was ordered held on $500,000 bail.
PBA attorney Steve Worth said fundraising efforts have begun for bail money and he hopes to have the officer out by the end of the day but is unsure if that will happen.
Isaacs was a police officer in the 79th Precinct and was off-duty at the time.
This fatal shooting will be prosecuted by the state attorney general's office instead of the Brooklyn DA due to an executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo to have a special prosecutor handle cases involving police officers and unarmed civilians.
"I think it's important to note, we have pictures of the truth," attorney Sandford Rubenstein said. "We have video that shows what happened here."
Authorities believe the officer and victim may have been engaged in a road rage incident for several blocks.
A video shows Small approach the officer's car at a red light and then stumble away after being shot.
Small’s wife is now suing the city for $25 million.
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