Read and Watch: Cops Say Shooting of Brooklyn Teen Was 'Within Guidelines'

Read and Watch: Cops Say Shooting of Brooklyn Teen Was 'Within Guidelines'

Published February 11, 2008

UPDATED Nov. 14, 2007 – It's unfortunate that a mentally ill Brooklyn teen was killed by officers, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Tuesday, but his shooting was totally justified.

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"As we know the facts now, this shooting appears to be within department guidelines, as officers fired at someone they reasonably believed was about to use deadly physical force," Kelly said. "This was a terrible tragedy for Khiel's family, no question about it. Our condolences go out to his mother and his family."

Officers say they were responding to a 911 call about an argument between Khiel and his mother, Denise Owens  –  over a gun he allegedly had. When they arrived at the Medgar Evers housing project in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Owens was outside; Khiel was inside, screaming from a window at his mom and the officers.

Police say Khiel crawled out of a first-floor window and started charging toward them, saying he had a gun. Officers later found out Khiel was holding a hairbrush.  Witnesses, however, question whether the shooting was necessary. Click here to see what witnesses said.

"They shot him for no reason, no reason.... He had no gun, no drugs, nothing," one witness told reporters on the scene. 

Watch the video, then click "Discuss Now" to tell us if you believe police were justified in shooting Khiel.

Written by BET-Staff


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