'There should be discipline': Advocates discuss the potential fallout from leaked video of deadly police shooting in Suffolk

The video shows officers fatally shooting a knife-wielding man who stabbed an officer.

Thema Ponton

Feb 21, 2024, 3:51 AM

Updated 61 days ago

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There could be potential fallout after video of a deadly police shooting in Suffolk County was leaked and shared online, prompting an internal affairs investigation.
"In today's day and age with technology, it's very difficult to do something like this and get away with it." said retired NYPD sergeant and John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Joseph Giacalone, about the Suffolk County police investigation into the unauthorized footage of Saturday's deadly police involved shooting in Bay Shore.
Giacalone said the unauthorized video should not have been released.
"Whomever released this, there should be discipline and that discipline should be harsh because you need to deter other people from doing it." said Giacalone.
The video shows officers fatally shooting a knife-wielding man who stabbed an officer.
News 12 has made the decision not to show the video at this time.
As News 12 has reported, Taiquell Woodson, 33, was shot and killed by a Suffolk officer Saturday on Udall Road.
Suffolk police said the department is not releasing the body-worn camera video at this time.
Defense attorney and police reform advocate Fred Brewington said he's worried the leaked footage doesn't show the whole story.
"You don't do the judging before you even have all the evidence. We don't have the camera from the individual who was at the door, we don't have the camera from the third officer that was there necessarily, we don't know what was said in the 911 call," he says.
Suffolk police have said the shooting was justified.
Brewington said that may be the case, but is urging the public not to rush to judgment until all of the facts are presented.
The state Attorney General's Office announced Tuesday that it is investigating the deadly shooting, as required by law.


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