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City Blames Pedestrian After Cop Fatally Runs Him Over In Crosswalk WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO

City Blames Pedestrian After Cop Fatally Runs Him Over In Crosswalk
by Christopher Robbins in News on Mar 22, 2016 3:43 pm

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Felix Coss was struck and killed by an NYPD officer driving a marked police van as he crossed the street in Williamsburg in July of 2013. Coss, a 61-year-old Spanish teacher, had the right of way when he was killed. The officer who struck him, Paula Medrano, was never charged, despite a witness’s statement that she was on her cell phone when she failed to yield to Coss in the crosswalk. Coss’s family sued the city and Madrano, but the Law Department argues that Coss should have known better than to cross the street with the “Walk” signal.

“They have things in here—that he should have known, that he was engaging in a dangerous activity,” the Coss family’s attorney Andrew Levine told Streetsblog, referring to the City’s response to the lawsuit. “He’s a pedestrian walking across the street with the walk signal.”

Graphic video shows Coss crossing Broadway with the right of way and Medrano turning left from Hooper straight into him.

Streetsblog quotes the Law Department’s filing:

Plantiff(s) voluntarily performed and engaged in the alleged activity and assumed the risk of the injuries and/or damages claimed. Plaintiff(s) failed to use all required, proper, appropriate and reasonable safety devices and/or equipment and failed to take all proper, appropriate and reasonable steps to assure his/her/their safety … Plaintiff(s)’ implied assumption of risk caused or contributed, in whole or in part [sic] to his/her/their injuries.

Levine added that the NYPD has (unsurprisingly, in cases like these) failed to turn over evidence in the case, including witness statements.

“We believe those statements are going to be very powerful evidence about the conscious pain and suffering that Felix Coss went through,” Levine said.

The parties are due in court again next month. The Law Department declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.

Filming of ‘COPS’ Episode Goes Terribly Wrong: Crew Member Gunned Down By Omaha Police

An employee working for the television show “Cops” was shot and killed by police in Omaha, Nebraska, as they responded to an armed robbery at a local restaurant. The suspected burglar was also killed.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said “Cops” crew member Bryce Dion, 38, was shot once when a shootout broke open between law enforcement and a suspected robber. Dion was one of the TV show’s workers accompanying police when they arrived at a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant, where the suspect reportedly fired on police.

The suspect, 32-year-old Cortez Washington was in possession of an airsoft gun as the situation unfolded. According to local WCVB News, witnesses and officers believed the gun – which looks real but only fires plastic pellets – was a legitimate weapon. When police struck Washington, he attempted to escape the restaurant, and police continued firing in his direction.

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