CaribWorldNews, BROOKLYN, NY, Mon. July 20, 2009: A New York –based organization wants to know why no one has been charged with the murder of a Guyanese shot to death last Saturday by New York City cops.
The New York based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy last night called on Brooklyn District Attorney, Charles Hynes, to charge an undercover NYPD narcotics cop with manslaughter, for what it called `the willful shooting to death of Guyanese-American and United States Army veteran, Shem Walker.` The call comes as his relatives prepare to bury him today following a service at the Full Gospel Assembly Church, 131 Sullivan Pl, Brooklyn, (Between Bedford and Rogers Avenues).
Walker, who was visiting his sick mother, Lydia Walker, at her brownstone home at 370 Lafayette Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, had just finished feeding her dinner, at around 7:45 p.m., and had gone outside for a smoke, when he encountered a man sitting on his stairs. He reportedly asked the stranger leave, and a struggle may have ensued.
However, the trespasser turned out to be an undercover Police officer from the Brooklyn North Narcotics squad, who was purportedly equipped with headphones and allegedly listening in on a drug buy.
The New York Post reported that the two wrestled and fell to the ground, and that the cop broke free, reached for his gun and shot Walker in the head and chest. Walker was taken to the nearby Brooklyn Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.
Walker`s sister, Jean Nurse, told CGID officials who visited the family Sunday, that she heard the gunshot and rushed to the window, only to see her brother lying on the steps bleeding. She said that she got to the front door within sixty about seconds of seeing her brother lying on the stairs, and observed a uniform Police officer with his gun drawn at the alleged shooter. The alleged shooter then showed what appeared to be a badge and identification to the uniform officer, and subsequently walked away from the scene and disappeared.
Nurse said that she was most hurt by police officers from the 88th Precinct, with guns drawn, prevented family members from coming outside to render aid to Walker for about eight (8) minutes, until an ambulance arrived. Officers also refused to allow family members to ride in the ambulance. Walker`s brother, Patrick Nurse and other siblings, who rushed over to ensure their mother`s safety, were held at bay in a deluge of rain for several hours before they were allowed in the home.
Nurse complained that although she had given her brother`s name three times to the Police officers, who accompanied her brother to the hospital, they deliberately checked him into the Emergency Room as a `John Doe.` Walker was only officially identified at the hospital when a nurse found a prescription in his pocket bearing his true name.
Walker, 49, was born on March 18, 1960, in Guyana. He grew up in Craig Village, East Bank Demerara, and migrated to the United States with his family at an early age. He served for fifteen years in the United States Army.
CGID President, Rickford Burke said, `The conduct of some NYPD officers who police the Black community portend a predetermined notion that `Black` is criminal and, hence, they must at all times shot to kill. I therefore urge Brooklyn District Attorney, Charles Hynes, to institute a change of manslaughter in this case, so that justice can take its course. The Guyanese and Caribbean American community would accept nothing less.`
The institute also announced that it will co-host a joint press conference with the family and elected officials on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., on the very stairs where Walker was killed.