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Stepdaughter of man killed by NYPD breaks down hearing 911 call

October 26, 2017 By Paul Frangipane Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Officer Wayne Isaacs is on trial for the murder of Delrawn Small. Eagle photos by Paul Frangipane

The stepdaughter of a man slain by an off-duty cop burst into silent tears as she listened in Brooklyn Supreme Court to the 911 call she made the day of the shooting.

Sobs from victim Delrawn Small’s family and friends filled the courtroom on Thursday as the 15-year-old girl’s barely audible screeches to a 911 operator were played during the murder trial of Wayne Isaacs.

She put her head down and silently cried as the operator could be heard trying to get the details of the July 4, 2016 murder on Atlantic Avenue and Bradford Street.

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“He tried to shoot my stepfather!” the girl screamed over the phone, speaking of Isaacs.

“Listen to what I’m telling you, you have to listen. Listen to what I’m telling you. Police are on route,” the 911 operator said rapidly before hanging up.

When Supreme Court Justice Alexander Jeong asked the shaking high school student if she wanted to take a break, she responded with more silence as she wiped her eyes with her sleeves.

Jeong called a 10-minute break as her mother Zaquanna Albert comforted her outside the courtroom.

Small was heading back from a holiday barbecue near Williams Street in East New York with Albert, his 4-month-old son and stepdaughter when Isaacs allegedly cut them off in traffic.

The off-duty cop had just gotten off his shift at the 79th Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Surveillance footage shows Small getting out of his car at a red light and approaching Isaacs’ driver-side window, despite his girlfriend’s plea for him not to leave the car.

The footage shows sparks seconds after Small gets to Isaacs’ car, followed by Small stumbling between two cars and bleeding to death from shots to the arm, chest and abdomen.

Throughout the trial, the officer has had his head forward and could be seen visibly swallowing while witnesses testified.

During short breaks in testimony, Isaacs turned back to consult and high-five fellow officers wearing police union windbreakers on the far right side of the courtroom.

Despite the defense argument that Isaacs was punched in the face by Small before he shot, Lt. Vitaliy Zelikov, who responded to the scene, said he did not see injuries on Isaacs that night.

Isaacs is the first officer prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office after a 2015 executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave prosecution of police officers accused of killing unarmed men, to the AG’s Office.

Isaacs has since been suspended from the force without pay, according to an NYPD spokesperson.

Charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, he faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted but he currently remains out on $500,000 bail.

The trial is scheduled to continue Friday morning and could end earlier than the expected Nov. 17 date based on the amount of witnesses to already testify.

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