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.
“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.