The Bronx District Attorney’s office has made a news release saying they have charged a New York Police officer with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and homicide after he shot a Bronx women last October.
Bronx Supreme Court Judge Robert Neary released NYPD Sergeant Hugh Barry, 31, on $100,000. He is scheduled to appear in court again on July 7, 2017.
According to police, the incident occurred on October 18, 2016, when at 6 pm police were dispatched to an apartment in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx belonging to Deborah Danner 66. A 911 call claimed there was a woman screaming in the hallway.
Danner, when confronted, threatened police with a pair of scissors and then a wooden bat, refusing to be taken to a hospital for evaluation.
The news release stated that Barry had not tried to use any other means to restrain the woman. Despite being trained to use other methods before deadly force was resorted to.
Barry was at the time of the incident carrying a taser but decided to use his firearm according to reports.
Commissioner James O’Neill said “That’s not how it’s supposed to go. That’s not how we train,”
After Barry’s arrest Rev. Al Sharpton made a statement to the media “The arrest of the NYPD police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Deborah Danner is a good step towards justice. We will closely watch the selection of the jury, the trial, and the verdict. We have previously said that the need for an overhaul in police training and a review of those qualified to become police officers is overdue and must be dealt with.”
In Barry’s defense the SBA (Sergeant’s Benevolent Association) said Barry had done nothing wrong and made the following statement “Before any investigation was even started, the Commissioner James O’Neill made a decision members of his office have described as a mistake by placing Sgt. Barry on another assignment and stating to the press ‘we failed’ when referring to the NYPD actions,”