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There's a lot missing from this tweet about a cop shooting and killing a man selling T-shirts

Here’s some news that broke Friday evening in New York; it appears a police officer shot and killed a man who was selling T-shirts outside a nail salon in Brownsville. Here’s Noah Goldberg of the Brooklyn Eagle:


And here’s Jake Offenhartz of Gothamist. Seems the victim was a quiet guy who never bothered anybody.

Wait, there’s more:

The officer’s in a medically induced coma? We didn’t see that in the first tweet.

We believe this is the response they were going for:

It might very well be OK. And here’s local councilmember Alicka Ampry-Samuel:


Goldberg reports in his piece:

A man entered Goldmine Nail Salon on Mother Gaston Boulevard near Sutter Avenue around 5:40 p.m., trying to use the bathroom, according to police. The man did not get into the bathroom, though it’s not clear if the salon workers did not allow him to. The man then began to urinate on the floor of the salon, cops said.

Employees of the salon asked two uniformed officers, who were on patrol, to remove the man, according to police.

When they realized he had an open warrant, police began to arrest the man, but he resisted arrest, they said.

That’s when Kwesi Ashun, who was selling T-shirts outside the salon, got into the fray, beginning a “violent struggle” with the responding officers, according to NYPD. Police attempted to Tase Ashun, but said it was ineffective.

Ashun then struck one of the officers in the head with a metal chair, police said.

So the quiet guy who sold T-shirts who “never bothered nobody” picked up a metal chair and hit one of the responding officers over the head with it several times. And police used a Taser first, to no effect.




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And here’s Dr. Rebecca Kavanaugh, media relations director for The Appeal, a nonprofit criminal justice publication:



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