The family of a motorist who was shot and killed this month by an off-duty police officer in a road-rage incident met behind closed doors Friday with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to demand justice.
The victim's brother, Victor Dempsey, told reporters afterward outside Schneiderman's Manhattan office that he was cautiously optimistic about the attorney general's involvement as special prosecutor for police-involved deaths of unarmed people statewide.
Dempsey quoted Schneiderman, a Democrat, as saying his investigation "would leave no stone unturned." But the brother added, "Telling us is one thing and doing it are two different things."
Also at the meeting was Assemblyman Charles Barron, a Brooklyn Democrat and frequent critic of the NYPD.
Dempsey's brother, Delrawn Small, was killed on July 4 after, according to his girlfriend, he thought he was cut off on a Brooklyn street by off-duty Officer Wayne Isaacs. When he got out of his car and walked up to Isaacs' vehicle at a stoplight, the officer shot him from behind the wheel.
Initially, police said Small had punched Isaacs before the gunfire erupted. But a security camera video that surfaced later cast doubt on that account by appearing to show Small getting shot the instant he reached the officer's car.
"There's no way you get a punch out of that video," Barron said.
Isaacs has since had his badge and gun taken away until it's determined whether he should face criminal charges.
The police union representing Isaacs has declined to comment.