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NYPD ‘road-rage cop’ indicted for second-degree murder for fatal shooting

September 27, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
NYPD ‘road-rage cop’ indicted for second-degree murder for fatal shooting

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A New York City cop was charged Monday with second-degree murder for his role in an off-duty road-rage shooting that left another motorist dead in the street, making this the first case brought under an executive order signed by the governor in the wake of the Eric Garner murder.

The New York Post reported that 37-year-old Wayne Isaacs was indicted on the second-degree murder charges by a Brooklyn grand jury following an investigation launched by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who began serving as a special prosecutor last year for all police killings of civilians in New York.

Isaacs is the first officer indicted by the special prosecutor since Governor Andrew Cuomo designated Schneiderman to that role in August 2015, which occurred almost exactly one year after Garner’s chokehold death as he was being arrested on Staten Island.

Officer Wayne Isaacs was charged with second-degree murder for the July 4th road-rage shooting

Officer Wayne Isaacs was charged with second-degree murder for the July 4th road-rage shooting

As Cuomo appointed Schneiderman to the new position, he stated that he was addressing a “crisis of confidence in the criminal justice system” to prevent “anarchy.”

Isaacs allegedly shot and killed 37-year-old Delrawn Small during a July 4th road-rage dispute in Brooklyn that unfolded early in front of the victim’s girlfriend and two children.

According to the New York Post, surveillance footage revealed that Isaacs, who was dressed in plain clothing and was driving home after his shift at the 79th Precinct, waited only a second before he opened fire after Small approached his car.

Small, who was an ex-convict with an extensive criminal history, chased Isaacs in a rage for approximately seven blocks because he thought the cop had cut him off.

Delrawn Small was shot and killed during a confrontation with Issacs

Delrawn Small was shot and killed during a road-rage confrontation with Issacs

The victim’s girlfriend also informed investigators that Small had three drinks at a barbecue before the incident, and ignored her request not to get out of his vehicle.

Small’s niece openly warned that she and her friends would be “hunting…down” Isaacs to “seek our justice” if he wasn’t charged for the incident.

The fatal event also ignited a protest by members of the Black Youth Project 100 outside the Police Benevolent Association headquarters, where at least ten individuals were taken into custody on July 20th.

Both the suspect and victim were black.

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