Tashmaya Gay (pictured) has received a $100,000 settlement from the city, after Denise Gay, her mother, was fatally shot by cops in Brooklyn during a shootout with criminal Leroy Webster, the New York Daily Newsreports.
Denise was shot in the head and collapsed in her daughter’s arms during a September 2011 gun battle in Crown Heights. In Tashmaya’s city lawsuit, she alleged the officers held her at the 77th Precinct for 12 hours, attempting to get her to say Webster fired the killing shot.
Webster, who had shot another man dead hours after the West Indian Parade that day, fired at the cops after he was unable to re-enter his building.
Though the NYPD confirmed that Gay’s fatal bullet didn’t come from Webster, they refused to take responsibility; ballistic tests reportedly showed the bullet was too damaged to determine which cop fired it.
However, Tashmaya’s lawyer gave the Daily News a document from the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), referencing the NYPD’s firearms discharge review report, contradicting that claim. The report says the fatal bullet was “excluded from all of the submitted firearms with the exception of the Glock model 19 carried by a Sgt. Bobin and Police Officer Dicken.” Both Bobin and Dicken were involved in the shooting.
“I’d like to say this is the end of Tashmaya’s suffering from the the loss of the woman who raised her, but it’s not and never will be,” attorney John Nonnenmacher said.
The NYPD has refused to comment on the case. “The case is settled and we have nothing more to add,” a spokesman for the city’s Law Department said.
A wrongful-death lawsuit filed on Denise’s behalf is pending in Brooklyn Supreme Court; however, the CCRB cleared the cops of excessive force in the shootout.