02:09 GMT20 January 2021
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    Protesters stormed down the streets of New York Thursday night to protest the death of Saheed Vassell, a 34-year-old black man whose life was lost at the hands of police officers tasked with protecting civilians.

    Protesters chanted "the whole world is watching."

    ​Four officers unleashed 10 rounds at Vassell on Wednesday afternoon. His crime? Holding a metal pipe up and pretending to point it at a police car as if it was a gun — but no firearm was found when officers approached his lifeless body.

    ​"Why shoot to kill? Are you so afraid that you have to take his life," Eric Vassell, the victim's father, asked NY Daily News.

    ​​​"They just hopped out of the car. It's almost like they did a hit. They didn't say ‘please.' They didn't say ‘Put your hands up,' nothing," witness Jaccbot Hinds told the New York Daily News on Thursday.

    ​​Vassell, a bipolar man, was a caring father, according to his 15-year-old son.

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