Recently released surveillance and body camera footage showing an NYPD van fatally hitting a man on a busy Brooklyn street in April raises questions about whether the officers involved were driving safely and following their training in the moments before and after the crash, several experts said.
Surveillance video from the night of the incident shows Officer Orkhan Mamedov driving through the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Schenectady Avenue around 8 p.m., moving quickly along a painted median, and striking Ronald Anthony Smith. Smith, 53, was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital after sustaining “severe body trauma,” according to police. The NYPD shared few other details after the crash.
Six edited and redacted videos released by the state attorney general’s office last month paint a fuller picture of what happened on the rainy night of April 7. They include four recordings from cameras mounted on police poles that show the vehicle’s path on Eastern Parkway and two recordings from the body cameras of Mamedov and his partner, Officer Evan Siegel. News of the video was first reported by Streetsblog.