Delrawn Small

37-year-old Delrawn Small was shot and killed by NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs on July 4, 2016 in East New York, Brooklyn. The killing occurred just one day before Alton Sterling was killed by police in Louisiana and two days prior to Philando Castile being killed by police in Minnesota. Isaacs killed Delrawn in front of his loved ones, including his four-month-old son and girlfriend. Click here to learn more about the call for Justice for Delrawn Small.

(Read below a collection of press releases and news articles about the NYPD killing of Delrawn Small and demands for accountability for the NYPD officer who killed him.)

Family of Delrawn Small Responds to Not Guilty Verdict against NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs Who Killed Small

Family comments on failure of jury as injustice, racialized fear, racism in justice system and society; demands that Mayor de Blasio & NYPD Commissioner O’Neill fire Isaacs. 

In response to the jury finding NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs not guilty of murder for killing unarmed Delrawn Small on Atlantic Avenue on July 4, 2016, Delrawn Small’s brother and sister, Victor Dempsey and Victoria Davis, released the following statement.

“Nothing can bring Delrawn back or fill the void in our hearts and lives from our brother being taken from us by this senseless murder‎. We are devastated and outraged that the jury failed to ensure justice by not holding NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs accountable for murdering our brother. What Wayne Isaacs did that night – immediately shooting and killing our brother as he approached his car and leaving him to bleed out and die, when he had so many other options – was murder, in cold blood.

Road Rage, Then a Shot. For a Police Officer, It is Called Self-Defense

11/09/2017
New York Times

Over the course of two days in early July of last year, three black men, each of them under 40, were killed by police officers in different parts of the country — Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La.; Philando Castile, outside of St. Paul, and Delrawn Small, in a case that drew far less national attention, in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn.

Demonstrators protest acquittal of NYPD cop in Delrawn Small slay

11/09/2017
New York Daily News

With NYPD officers looking on, more than 100 people gathered on a Manhattan street corner to protest the acquittal of a cop cleared in the road rage shooting death of a Brooklyn father.

Demonstrators in Union Square said a jury put Officer Wayne Isaacs above the law when they failed to hold him responsible for the July 4, 2016 slaying of motorist Delrawn Small, who was killed in East New York after a clash with the off-duty officer.

NYPD cop who killed Delrawn Small didn't look injured: testimony

10/27/2017
New York Daily News

An off-duty NYPD officer who gunned down a Brooklyn father in what he claims was self-defense during a road rage encounter did not have any visible injuries to his face, according to trial testimony Friday.

Officer Wayne Isaacs told detectives and a 911 operator on July 4, 2016, that he shot Delrawn Small three times after he was punched in the face while at a red light on the corner of Atlantic Ave. and Bradford St. in East New York.

Isaacs, who was driving home about midnight after his shift at the 79th Precinct, had cut off Small’s car.

Pics appear to dispute ‘road rage’ cop’s self-defense claim

10/28/2017
New York Post

Brooklyn jurors on Friday were shown hospital photos taken of an off-duty cop just after he fatally gunned down an unarmed driver in a road-rage incident — and the images appear to contradict his claim of self-defense.

The portrait-style and full-body photos of Officer Wayne Isaacs wearing a stripped white golf shirt were taken by now-retired NYPD crime-scene Detective Vincent Falsitta at Jamaica Hospital at 1:30 a.m. — about an hour and a half after the East New York shooting on July 4, 2016.

Shocking 911 calls from off-duty cop’s ‘road rage’ shooting released

10/26/2017
New York Post

Jurors in the trial of an NYPD officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man during a traffic dispute have now heard the cop’s 911 call — where he neglected to mention he’d just shot someone.

Officer Wayne Isaacs can be heard in the call, placed at 12:05 a.m. on July 4, 2016, telling the dispatcher he’s been attacked — as Delrawn Small bleeds to death on the sidewalk nearby.
“Oh my God!” Small’s girlfriend Zaquanna Albert — who witnessed the shooting — can be heard screaming in the background of the call, as Isaacs tells the dispatcher “it’s an emergency.”

Delrawn Small's stepdaughter recounts moment cop shot him

10/26/2017
New York Daily News

A Brooklyn teen broke down crying Thursday while describing the horrifying scene after an off-duty NYPD cop opened fire on her stepdad in a lethal road rage attack.

The sound of her own voice on a 911 call left 15-year-old Zaniah Isaacs in tears in the murder trial of Wayne Isaacs, who was headed home from the 79th Precinct on the Fourth of July last year.

Delrawn Small's Girlfriend Gives Emotional Testimony on Day 2 of NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs' Trial

10/25/2017
Mic

Tears flowed and emotions ran high on the second day of New York Police Department officer Wayne Isaacs’ trial in the shooting death of Delrawn Small.

Zaquanna Albert, the late Brooklyn, New York, man’s girlfriend, struggled to get through parts of her testimony Wednesday as she recounted watching Isaacs shoot Small to death around midnight on July 4, 2016.

Girlfriend of Delrawn Small details day cop fatally shot him

10/25/2017
New York Daily News

A pre-Fourth of July that started with a barbecue and drinks with friends ended with a woman watching in horror as the father of her infant son was gunned down on a Brooklyn street in a road-rage incident with an off-duty NYPD cop.

“He was grunting, making noises, seen blood all over, he was leaking out just leaking,” Zaquanna Albert told a jury Wednesday about the last moments of Delrawn Small’s life.

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