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Man with knife shot dead by police in Sheepshead Bay


The mother of the 28-year-old man shot dead by police Friday, Oct. 3 in Sheepshead Bay after he threatened cops with a knife says her son didn't need to die.

"It's not a gun, it's not a big knife, why shoot him?" asked Liliya Pilipenko, 54, mother of Denis Volchkin. "It's a horrible situation."

Volchkin barged into the home he shares with his mom on E. 26th St. near Avenue X and choked her about 5:30 p.m. Friday, then ran off when she called police.
A pair of cops took a report and left, only to be called back around 7:10 p.m., when her son returned.

This time, they found Volchkin in the living room brandishing knives. When they demanded he drop the weapons, he lunged at them, police said.
One of the two officers fired once, hitting Volchkin in the chest, police said. He died at Coney Island Hospital.

Volchkin recently got engaged, friends said, and worked at his mother's optical shop in Bath Beach.

Between 2004 and 2009, cops were called four times to his home by Volchkin's parents, police said. They arrested Volchkin twice for assaulting his mom, including once with a knife.
He has 11 unsealed prior arrests, cops said. Open cases include two Brooklyn busts for speeding drunk without a license that landed him in jail for 11 months, records show.

In May, Volchkin made the news when he heckled Jonathan Cheban, a regular on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," at a Brooklyn sushi restaurant and got smacked by Cheban's pal, Saverio Carollo. Volchkin later pressed assault charges.

Carollo, 40, told the Daily News he acted in self-defense and that Volchkin had a knife, but was shocked to hear he died.

"I really felt sorry," Carollo said of Volchkin's death. "He had his whole life ahead of him."


Man pinned under car in Bed-Stuy

From NY 1

A man remained in critical condition after getting hit by a car in East New York on Saturday, Oct. 4
It happened just past 3 p.m. at Pitkin Avenue and Shepherd Avenue.
Witnesses at the scene say the victim was pinned under the car after it crashed into several parked cars.

One man told NY 1 that he helped lift the car off of the injured man.
"He was underneath the car, and as everybody's sitting there trying to figure out what to do and trying to figure out a way to wait for EMS. I suggested we lift the car off the man's head. We lifted the car off the man's head and slid the man up," he said.

"The sound was outrageous. It was very bad, very drastic because it was like four cars hitting each other at the same time," said another witness.

The man was taken to Brookdale Hospital. The incident was under investigation of this posting.

Prosecutors to go after two cops in pistol-whipping case


Brooklyn prosecutors are poised to bring a case against two NYPD officers who were caught on tape pistol-whipping and beating a 16-year-old in front of a grand jury, the Daily News has learned.
A disturbing video captured the Aug. 29 beatdown in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which came after the boy, Kahreem Tribble, surrendered to officers who chased him.

Tribble was arrested for marijuana possession on St. John's Place at 2:20 a.m., after he was seen tossing 17 zip-lock bags containing marijuana, court records said. They also contended that the teen "flailed (his) arms around."

After a brief chase, Tribble turned around and raised his hands in surrender, according to the footage.
That's when one of the cops, identified as David Afanador, swung at him while still holding his gun, striking the teen in the face, the video shows.

A second cop, Tyrane Isaac, then punched Tribble with his fist, officials said.
Tribble suffered several broken teeth swelling and mouth injuries, sources said.

"These police officers behaved themselves in a truly deplorable manner," said the boy's lawyer Amy Rameau. "This type of conduct should not be tolerated and I want to see them prosecuted for what they did to my client."

"They conducted themselves like criminals and should be treated accordingly."

Sources said that the Internal Affairs Bureau and the Brooklyn district attorney's office have been investigating the incident for some time and have spoken to Tribble and watched the video.
Evidence may be presented to a grand jury as early as next week, according to sources, and Afanador can possibly be charged with a rap of second-degree assault.

"What's depicted on this video is troubling and warrants a thorough investigation," Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson said in a statement.

Another police-behaving-badly accusation

From NY1

The New York City Police Department is denying an accusation that an officer stole more than $1,000 in cash from a man he detained in Brooklyn.

Cellphone video shows police approaching Lamard Joye outside a Coney Island housing project last month.

Joye's attorney said the clip shows an officer reach into Joye's pocket and take out a roll of cash worth at least $1,200, which was never returned.

However, the NYPD says the amount was actually $62 and that the cash was vouchered, or officially logged with the department, and not stolen.

Union leaders say it's an example of why videos of alleged police abuse are dangerous without context.

"It was a jump to conclusion," said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. "It was a 35-second clip, and what did it turn out? That the person that was stopped fit the description of a gun run, the money and his property, his cellphone, was vouchered. But nonetheless, that police officer was dragged through the mud as if they were guilty."

Joye's lawyer isn't backing down. He says Joye was never arrested and the vouchered $62 actually came from somewhere else outside the housing project.

Several videos recently have surfaced allegedly showing police officers' bad, or at least questionable, actions, including police appearing to knock out 17-year-old Marcel Hamer.

There's video of police officers punching 16-year-old Kahreem Tribble. He was hit in the mouth with an officer's gun. His parents said the city has to address these cases.

"I just want to know if there's new memos going out for them to do that now because it's happening so much rampant now, all over," said Thomas Stephens, Tribble's father.

The detectives' union said that  just because cameras are rolling doesn't mean police aren't supposed to do their jobs even if it means being aggressive at times. However, Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives Endowment Association, said, "Some of these things are quite disturbing and investigations will take place, and those people who are using excessive force, they'll be dealt with."

The Department of Justice may make sure of that. This week, it told New York Congress members that its civil rights division will look at concerns of NYPD misconduct.


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