US police killing of man sparks riot, fire in New York

The US police deadly shooting of a man in Newburgh, New York, has sparked riot in the city with people protesting the death in the streets.

The shooting sparked a riot and a fire in the city Friday night, the Times Herald-Record reported, adding, the fire was extinguished around 2 am local time on Saturday.

Newburgh City Councilman Omari Shakur posted a video on Facebook right after the incident that said “an unarmed black man” had been shot and killed by police.

According to a press release by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the unidentified man was shot dead Friday as the cops were questioning him in connection to a shooting on Thursday.

“A review of body-worn cameras and street cameras shows that when officers approached the man, he displayed a silver handgun and began fighting with officers, striking one of the officers in the head with a handgun,” the press release states. “During the encounter the man discharged the pistol and City of Newburgh police officers fired their weapons.”

Several officers returned fire in the ensuing struggle, leading to hospitalization of at least one officer and the death of the man at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.

Source: Press TV

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