[BK Reader]'It Was Desecration': Family Of Man Killed By Police On Eastern Pkway Responds To Bodycam
Julie Floyd’s son called his mom last April to tell her the police were at his door with news about his uncle Anthony.
Brooklyn officers Orkhan Mamedov and Evan Siegel were reportedly transporting people in a New York Police Department van when they struck and killed Ronald Anthony Smith on Eastern Parkway near Schenectady Avenue in Crown Heights. Smith was in the median when he was hit on April 7.
“It was like someone punched a hole in my chest,” Floyd said, about hearing the news.
Floyd, in coordination with the Justice Committee, called for footage of the incident to be released to the public. The Attorney General’s Office, which is investigating the case, released that footage in December 2022.
Street camera videos from the intersections before the crash show the van moving faster than surrounding traffic and driving through at least one red light as it traveled along the rain-slicked street. After veering onto the median and hitting Smith, Mamedov reduced speed for about 40 feet, carrying Smith’s body on top of the van, before coming to a stop.