Updated 01/04/2012 05:52 PM
Albany County DA conducting separate investigation into police-involved shooting
Following standard operating procedure, the Albany County District Attorney is conducting its own investigation into the police-involved shooting death of Nahcream Moore, 19. But the NAACP says they want an outside agency to come in. Our Megan Cruz has the story.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- "A young man was shot and killed by the police and we don't have any answers," said Anne Pope, the Regional Director for the NAACP.
So to find those answers, the organization is joining the South End community in calling for an independent investigation into the police-involved shooting death of Nahcream Moore.
Last Thursday, Moore had been a passenger in a car pulled over by police on South Pearl Street around 10:30 p.m. Police say he'd been wanted for questioning regarding a home invasion from the night before, but when he allegedly drew a loaded gun, an officer fired.
"In the past, we have had some issues of police distrust by the community and we don't want to see those things come to the forefront again," said Pope.
But things have been heating up. The day after the deadly shooting, angry community members demanded more answers from Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff.
Soon after, an Albany Councilman started questioning whether there is video or audio evidence to support police's initial findings. And then on Tuesday, a police bulletin was leaked to the media warning the department of possible gang-retaliation.
District Attorney David Soares assures people that his office is conducting its own investigation into Moore's death.
"In the infancy stages of cases like this, we cannot disclose too much, but in the absence of information, sometimes you have a lot of misinformation to fill that void," said Soares.
He says his investigators were on scene the night of the shooting and an independent grand jury in Albany will evaluate all the evidence and witness testimonies.
Until the investigation is complete, though, he's asking for the community's cooperation.
"We will continue to investigate this case as expeditiously as possible, but we will not compromise the integrity of those cases for the purpose of speed," said Soares.
While it's standard operating procedure for the DA's office to investigate cases involving deadly physical force by law enforcement, Pope says it may be better for a body outside of Albany to look into Moore's death.
"There are a lot of open wounds, and these wounds have to be closed," said Pope. "Any way we could get the community to accept the investigation and move on. That's what we're trying to do."