The NYPD is facing questions over the death of a homeless lesbian woman named Yvonne McNeal who was shot dead by officers earlier this week.
The 57-year-old reportedly refused to drop a pair of knives outside a homeless shelter. Police say they had no choice but to shoot, but Yvonne McNeal’s friends say that she was a gentle person who was never violent.
Criticism of the NYPD over the shooting has come from, among others, the group Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ), of which McNeal was a member. In a statement, QEJ condemned the shooting and argued that even in dangerous situations, the police should not open fire unless so easily.
The NYPD says that an investigation into the incident has been launched. Campaigners staged a march to demonstrate against McNeal’s killing and are demanding a proper explanation of what happened and why it was felt necessary to kill McNeal.