Updated 03/29/2012 10:20 PM
Community meeting held on grand jury decision in Nah-Cream Moore death
Community members held a meeting about the grand jury's decision regarding the death of Nah-Cream Moore. Details of a grand jury investigation show that Albany police officers were justified in shooting Moore last December. Erin Vannella attended the meeting and joined us with more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Community members held a heated meeting about the grand jury's decision regarding the death of Nah-Cream Moore.
The grand jury ruled that Albany police officers were justified in shooting Moore last December.
Community questions ranged from why there's a presumed lack of sensitivity in officer training and whether there could have been an alternative to shooting Nah-Cream Moore. Other expressed angry statements towards police, saying things like "you have to stop hunting our kids."
In response, Albany County District Attorney David Soares pointed to the facts of the case, which he says justified the grand jury's decision.
“There must be independent evidence to corroborate the spoken word. And when you say it could have been candy, it was not candy because once Mr. Moore had been shot, the revolver that had been identified as the revolver used in the home invasion the night before, was the revolver on his person in his hand that was then taken and thrown out of his reach,” Soares said.
Some were openly appreciative of the county's invitation to talk about the issue and called it a long time coming. But some of those same people say they worry that deep-rooted ill sentiments between members of the community and law enforcement may make it difficult to incite any positive change.