Officers Won't Face Charges in Harlem Block Party Shooting - NBC New York

Officers Won't Face Charges in Harlem Block Party Shooting



    Officers Won't Face Charges in Harlem Block Party Shooting

    A grand jury has decided that four police officers should not be charged with any crimes in a deadly shooting during a Harlem block party last summer.

    Two people familiar with the probe tell The Associated Press that the Manhattan grand jury declined to indict any of the officers who fired a total of 46 bullets in the Aug. 8 incident.

    The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the secrecy of the proceedings.

    Manhattan prosecutors didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Harlem Block Party Turns Deadly

    [NY] Harlem Block Party Turns Deadly
    Seven people were shot -- one fatally -- when gunfire erupted last night in Harlem. Two officers were among those wounded.
    (Published Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010)

    Earlier this week, the only man arrested in connection with the shooting was cleared of any criminal charges.

    Manhattan prosecutors announced Wednesday that a grand jury voted to dismiss all charges against Angel Alvarez in the Aug. 8 incident.

    He was freed after being held since August on a weapon-possession charge.

    It wasn't immediately clear whether anyone else might be charged. Prosecutors declined to comment.

    The melee erupted at around 3 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2010 during a block party in Harlem. Alvarez, 24, got into a fight with Luis Soto and wrestled a gun away from him.  Police responded to the fight and a hail of bullets rang out.  Soto, the man Alvarez was fighting, was killed. 

    Prosecutors said Soto was killed by police bullets but officers argued Alvarez was also firing a gun. Alvarez miraculously survived a hail of police gunfire. Three bystanders and two police officers were wounded as police fired 46 bullets.

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