Channel 7: WABC News

January 26, 2004

Family of Police-Shooting Victim Demands Punishment for Cop

 Timothy Stansbury, 19, was unarmed when he was shot in the chest on the roof of Louis Armstrong Houses in Bed-Stuy early Saturday morning. Officer Richard Neri was reportedly startled when he ran into Stansbury during a routine patrol.

Brooklyn prosecutors interviewed witnesses Monday, and are considering murder and manslaughter charges.

Stansbury's family, meanwhile, says Officer Neri should be punished strongly.

Phyllis Clayburne, Victim's Mother: "I want this officer to go to jail, with a possibility of no parole, because when you're wrong you're wrong."

A grand jury could be convened this week as prosecutors decide whether or not to charge the officer involved.

The shooting has shaken up the NYPD, and on Monday Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was to meet with top borough commanders to review training and tactical procedures. The procedure at issue is that officers can keep their guns drawn while patrolling rooftops.

Eric Adams, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement: "Clearly theres a subculture in law enforcement where the black male is perceived to be the ideal criminal."

And there has also been activity at the Brooklyn DA's office where prosecutors could charge the officer with murder. Eyewitness News has learned that both the NYPD and the DA's office have questioned officer Neri.

Also on Monday, the PBA stood up for the officer, and told us:

"The police commissioner jumped to conclusions. The office hasn't had an opportunity to speak yet. Maybe his actions were wrong, maybe they weren't. We can't possibly know yet."

-- Al O'Leary, PBA Spokesman