4 law enforcement officials who shot and killed a 17-year-old boy close to Syracuse final yr won’t face prison expenses, New York’s lawyer basic introduced Friday.
A prolonged investigation into the demise of Judson Albahm, of Jamesville, by Letitia James’ workplace has concluded a prosecutor “would not be able to disprove beyond a reasonable doubt at trial that the actions of the officers … were justified,” the lawyer basic stated in an announcement.
Albahm’s mom had referred to as 911 asking for assist finding her son, who left her house after a psychological well being disaster workforce arrived for a beforehand scheduled analysis, the report stated.
4 officers from three companies fired at Albahm on March 4, 2021, after authorities say he pointed what gave the impression to be a handgun at them. The weapon turned out to be an air gun that appeared like an actual firearm, officers stated. Some officers had been knowledgeable Albahm had psychological well being issues and owned air weapons, however others didn’t know, the lawyer basic’s workplace stated.
Albahm’s household questioned using lethal pressure. In a lawsuit filed towards police, they declare the officers weren’t educated in the way to take care of individuals in a psychological well being disaster and ought to have recognized the teenager’s weapon was only a BB gun, The Publish-Commonplace reported final month.
A household spokesman instructed the newspaper Friday, “We’re pleased that after greater than a yr we now have an official report, nevertheless right now we now have not had an opportunity to evaluation the complete report and will remark at a later time.”
A message looking for remark was left Friday with the household’s lawyer.
Responding to the 911 name, officers discovered Albahm within the woods close to his house and adopted him for about half-hour. A number of officers noticed what gave the impression to be a pistol in Albahm’s hand and ordered him quite a few occasions to drop it, the report stated.
Albahm pointed the air gun at two officers who had not been knowledgeable he owned air weapons, and these two officers and two different officers opened hearth, the report stated. Not one of the 4 officers who shot on the teen was carrying a physique digital camera.
Albahm was shot a number of occasions by DeWitt police investigators Lucas Byron and Matthew Menard, state trooper Corey Fike and Sgt. Amy Bollinger of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Workplace, the report stated.
The report made a number of suggestions together with that every one legislation enforcement officers be geared up with physique cameras and that the state enact stronger legal guidelines to manage imitation weapons.