Witnesses: NYPD Killed Unarmed Bodega Worker
Officer mistook him for robber, they say
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 7, 2012 11:11 AM CDT
NYPD officers allegedly killed a man working in a bodega, mistaking him for a robber.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – An NYPD officer allegedly shot and killed an unarmed bodega worker in the Bronx this morning, mistaking him for a robber. Police will confirm only that a 20-year-old Hispanic man was killed, but witnesses tell the New York Daily News and NBC 4 that they called police when they saw masked gunmen robbing the bodega. When police arrived, the gunmen ran out the back, while the store's owner and his nephew, Reynaldo Cuevas, ran out the front.

The owner had his hands up, but Cuevas didn't. "And he tripped or something and when he fell on the floor, they shot him," says witness Jose Garcia. Garcia, who is also Cuevas' cousin, says police never ordered him to freeze or put his hands up. "They didn't say nothing. They just shot him," and then "dragged him away from the store. There was blood everywhere." A police source confirms Cuevas was shot by an officer.

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Sep 8, 2012 1:05 PM CDT
pigs are pigs. and don't sell me all the crap "most of them are good officers who put their lives at risk too serve blah blah blah..." fuck'em. serve and protect my hairy ass. they're going on a rampage of mindless murders, they shoot offenders for no good reason, hobos, dogs, scores of innocent bystanders, now even victims of actual crimes. a whole army of Fearless Fosdick pricks shooting at random, "frisking" for pot, plaguing not-so-white skinned people just for the heck of it, always from a position of more or less complete impunity. there is a reason if some guy at some point of his life, decides to turn into a pig: «clockwork orange» tells it straight.
Sep 8, 2012 9:42 AM CDT
Anyone of you "sky is falling" ladies willing to wait for more facts to come out? Probably a relative that gave the story.
Sep 8, 2012 9:26 AM CDT
If it's a black or a person of color shoot first and then if needs be cover it up later, that' the system of the police in this country.