Updated 01/11/2012 10:04 PM
Soares speaks on Moore's death and alleged accomplice
Following the indictment of a man accused of having robbed a home with Nahcream Moore, the county district attorney opens up in an effort to be transparent in his investigation. But is that enough for the angered community? Innae Park reports.
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ALBANY, N.Y. – “Although two separate incidents, the facts and narrative are inextricably intertwined,” said Albany County District Attorney David Soares in an impromptu press conference after DeAndre Morrison was arraigned on two counts of first degree burglary and one count of second degree burglary.
While there is an investigation into the home invasion Morrison allegedly took part in on December 28, 2011, the second investigation has had many residents seething.
“I think the police shooting was viewed in isolation of all the underlying facts,” said Soares.
Since Moore was a suspect in the home invasion on Alexander Street as well, authorities argue they had reason to seek him out on December 29th when he was killed. Officials have since revealed that Moore allegedly had the same revolver believed to have been used in the robbery the night before.
Soares said, “It was that search and ‘be on the lookout for’ advisory that presented the law enforcement in contact with the vehicle that resulted in the shooting death of Mr. Moore.”
The DA is hoping that information like this will spread.
“In particular, this issue has resulted in a disturbance and distrust. The only way we can overcome that is to be as transparent as possible,” Soares said.
Soares also says he will release many of the details of the officer shooting investigation as well.
“To the extent that even when the second investigation is completed, we have to disclose everything we can possibly disclose to the public," he said.
Since Moore's death, community members have been meeting weekly in an effort to heal. The CEO of Trinity Alliance, Harris Oberlander, has been attending.
“Underneath the surface, there's so much hurt and there's also a budding recognition that something needs to change,” said Oberlander.
Jamel Muhammad is a former worker for SNUG, an anti-violence program, and refused to comment on Morrison's indictment. However, he has been mediating and organizing many of the community get-togethers and both he and Oberlander believe there is a chance of reconciling and rebuilding.
“That's what these discussions are: To look at where we've gone wrong and what we've been ignoring and neglecting,” said Muhammad. “And what we can wrap ourselves around to make sure another Nahcream or any young person is not the next news headline.”