New details released about deadly Newburgh shooting
New details have been released in the officer involved shooting of Michael Lembhard. Our Venise Toussaint has confirmed with police the names of the officers involved. She brings us the latest in this story.
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NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- “We want justice, we want these officers held accountable for what they did” said Mark Coolidge, Michael Lembhard's uncle.
Outside the home where Micheal Lembhard was killed signs demonstrate the emotions still boiling over as his family continues their search for justice.
“We’re going to march to city hall every day until we get answers," Coolidge said.
Details about what happened the night Lembhard was killed are scarce. On Tuesday, police confirmed the names of the two officers who opened fire as Eric Henderson and Nicolas Cardinale, both members of the anti-crime unit.
Police said Lembhard, who had warrants out for his arrest, was chased by four officers into his sister’s home last Wednesday-they say he lunged at officers with a knife- that’s when two of them opened fire killing him.
"It’s obvious that this is one incident over the period of 20 to 25 years where the use of excessive force was uncalled form,” said George Figuero, a family advocate.
The family and their attorney not only calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the case-they are now urging long term federal monitoring and supervision of the Newburgh Police department.
“It might take six months it might take a year but we’ve got to stand up for it we’ve got to fight. Something has to be done; something has to be done in the city of Newburgh,” said Michael's mother, Arlene Lembhard.
Calls to the Newburgh Police Chief & PBA were not immediately returned.