Bed-Stuy protest over Laquan Nelson shooting
FDNY records show quick response after deadly shooting
Some Bedford-Stuyvesant residents are demanding an investigation into what they claim was a delayed response following the deadly shooting of 16-year-old Laquan Nelson, on Classon Avenue on June 2.
Brooklyn’s Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, national leader of The House of the Lord Churches, said in a statement on Thursday that some community members said that “medical attention was delayed as police stood idly by,” and that Emergency Medical Services were slow in coming.
FDNY records show EMS units arriving just minutes after receiving the initial call, with the victim delivered to Brooklyn Hospital Center ten minutes after that.
Rev. Daughtry told the Brooklyn Eagle that a woman attempting to assist Nelson at the scene alleges she did not get any help from the police. NYPD did not respond to a request for more information by press time.
A rally was set to take place on Thursday at 6 p.m. at P.S. 270’s schoolyard on Classon Avenue.
“We want an investigation to determine if the community’s claims are accurate that the police did nothing, and that the EMS was unjustifiably late,” Rev. Daughtry said. “We want Commissioner Bratton to look into this. Do the police have a report? Were there cameras?”
Nelson, nicknamed “Popcorn,” was shot sometime before 6 p.m. in a playground near his building in the Lafayette Gardens housing project at 345 Classon Ave.
He staggered to the 88th Precinct’s station house at 298 Classon Ave., where he was discovered by police.
FDNY records show that several rescue units were sent to the scene.
“We received multiple calls for a report of a person shot starting at 5:49 p.m., for different addresses along Classon Avenue,” FDNY spokesperson Frank Dwyer told the Brooklyn Eagle on Thursday. “We dispatched three units to the location. The first one responded to Classon and Dekalb and was on the scene at 5:54 p.m. They dropped off [the victim] at 6:05 p.m. at Brooklyn Hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound.”
Dwyer adds that FDNY also sent a fire engine to the scene in case someone was having a heart attack. “One of the calls was for cardiac arrest,” Dwyer said. “We sent an FDNY engine company at 5:54.”
Rev. Daughtry said the community wants greater police protection. In his statement, he said, “They claim that the Lafayette Gardens has a long history of violence, but it has increased significantly in recent years. Children are afraid to go out to play, and adults fear walking through the housing development.”