NY Cop Wayne Isaacs Found Not Guilty For Killing Delrawn Small

We followed the trial, where you can also read the background of the case at this link.   Wayne Isaacs was not on duty when he shot and killed Delrawn Small.  However, his defense during trial was that he acted according to his training and killed Delrawn in self-defense.  Within seconds of Delrawn approaching the driver’s side window of Isaacs car, Isaacs shot him three times.

Isaacs was charged with murder and the alternative charge of manslaughter.

The jury began deliberating on Thursday and today, the jury of seven women, five men, consisting of five Whites, five Blacks, one Hispanic and one Asian, handed in the verdict of not guilty. 

Angry onlookers, escorted by court officers, stormed out of the courtroom.  This was the first murder case prosecuted by the attorney’s general’s office under Gov. Cuomo’s 2015 executive order for the state to investigate cases where New York police department officers kill unarmed civilians.

New York CBS reports:

“We are disappointed by the verdict, but we respect the jury’s determination and thank them for their service,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. “I also want to thank the family of Delrawn Small for their courage and perseverance in the face of tragedy. My office will continue to investigate these cases without fear or favor and follow the facts wherever they may lead.”

Delrawn’s brother and sister called on Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill to “immediately fire” Isaacs from the police department, calling him “a threat to public safety.”

Family attorney Sanford Rubenstein said the case will now head to civil court, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

Posted on 11/06/2017, in Cases, Delrawn Small, Trial Videos and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Family of Delrawn Small Responds to Not Guilty Verdict

    ” The fact that Officer Isaacs was Black does not diminish the systemic issues of racialized fear and the criminalization of Blackness that allow a jury to consider the killing of an unarmed Black man by a police officer as justified. We heard it in the defense’s case that sought to paint our brother, the victim, as someone to be feared, playing into a historic, racialized fear of Black people in this country. This jury’s failure is a reflection of the persistent problems with racism in our society, and our justice system will continue to serve injustices until that is confronted. While we continue to mourn the loss of our brother, we continue to fight for justice for him and all who are brutalized and whose lives are unjustly taken by police and fail to receive justice.

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  2. yahtzeebutterfly

    I wonder if the jury will make themselves available to detail how they arrived at their verdict.

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    • Yahtzee,
      I generally follow-up to see if juror interviews have been reported.


      • yahtzeebutterfly

        That is so helpful. Thanks.


        • Yahtzee,
          Most times, I put the juror interviews in the comment section of the last post published about the trial. You can subscribe to comments per posts. In other words, you don’t have to subscribe to all comments — just those on posts about trials. That way when new comments are posted, such as juror interviews, you will get an email notification. No comments? No email notifications.

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  3. Dear Xena,

    What does it take to get a guilty vote. The judicial system is failing our Black brothers and sisters and all of us.

    I don’t want there to be injustice anywhere in our law enforcement and judicial system.

    I want justice to be blind to peoples of different faiths, colors, sexual identities and numerous other factors. The way things are now, we are not even close!

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Gronda,
      I share and stand with you regarding justice.

      Some things are so obvious that it makes me wonder if jurors were awake during trial. In this case, I can’t help but wonder what the verdict would have been had Isaacs not been a cop. He was off duty when he took Delrawn’s life, so his occupation should not have been relevant in deciding the case, but I think the jury took that into consideration.

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  4. When one has a hammer everything tends to look like a nail. The quickest easiest way to resolve an issue is to kill someone for those with little to no reasoning skills. I think we all knew it would turn out this way. Justice is so slow for some Americans.

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    • Mindyme,

      “When one has a hammer everything tends to look like a nail.”

      BINGO! When they have authority to use that hammer on things that are not nails, and they are not held accountable for the damage, we have the results we see now — distrust and betrayal.

      Last night I read an article that said more officers are being charged now because of videos. Yet, we have trial where those videos are shown, and juries do not convict. When those same videos have been shown to grand juries who return indictment, what did prosecutors do differently before trial juries that caused them to disregard what they can see? Or, are juries deciding solely on the officers’ justification and are those justifications based on jury biases that the person’s life means nothing? I know — many unanswered questions.

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  5. We know it’s how the case is presented. This has to change. Sooner rather than later hopefully


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