Woman awarded $100,000 in lawsuit against city for mom’s death
A Brooklyn woman who was detained by the NYPD after her mother was fatally shot by a stray bullet between cops and an armed man will receive $100,000 from the city.
Tashmaya Gay, 22, was standing on the stoop of a Crown Heights building with victim Denise Gay when police fired 73 shots at a perp firing at them and another man on Sept. 5, 2011.
Gay, 56, was hit in the head and collapsed in the arms of Tashmaya who was dragged from the scene by cops as she tried to comfort the mortally wounded woman.
The suit alleged that Tashmaya was held at the 77th Precinct stationhouse for more than 12 hours while cops tried to get her to say that the fatal shot was fired by Leroy Webster, the shooter responsible for the mayhem just hours after the West Indian Day Parade. […]
A separate wrongful-death suit filed on behalf of Denise Gay is still pending in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Authorities later confirmed that Webster was not responsible for killing Gay, but the NYPD refused to take responsibility for her death. They said ballistic tests showed the round came from a 9-mm. gun and was too damaged to link any one cop’s weapon.
A Civilian Complaint Review Board document referring to the NYPD firearms discharge review report said the fatal round was “excluded from all of the submitted firearms with the exception of the Glock model 19 carried by a Sgt. Bobin and Police Officer Dicken.” Both officers were involved in the shooting.
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