‘Look in Our Faces': Family Holds Vigil for Delrawn Dempsey, Man Killed by Off-Duty NYPD Officer

Family and friends of a man who was fatally shot by an off-duty NYPD officer during an apparent road rage confrontation gathered for a vigil Wednesday evening.

About 200 people gathered at the intersection in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn where 37-year-old Delrawn Dempsey was killed. 

Relatives spoke out late Wednesday before joining protesters in blocking traffic. They're demanding answers from police.

"Look in their faces and tell them what you did. Look in our faces and tell us why you pulled that gun out and shot my brother," Dempsey's brother, Victor, said. 

Authorities say off-duty officer Wayne Isaacs was driving his personal vehicle early Monday when he got in a traffic dispute with Dempsey. When both cars stopped at a red light, police say Dempsey got out of his vehicle and punched Isaacs repeatedly through an open window. Isaacs pulled out his service weapon and killed Dempsey.

"I don't care if they said he punched him. I don't care if they say he should have stayed in the car. I don't care if they say he shouldn't have been driving, or he shouldn't have been in Brooklyn. At the end of the day, he got shot by a cop for no reason," Victor Dempsey said. 

A law enforcement official said Tuesday that security videotape shows Dempsey exiting his car at a stoplight and leaning into Isaacs' vehicle before the officer shot and killed him. 

The family said Dempsey was a kind man and the father of a baby boy, who was in his dad's car at the time of the shooting. They're bracing for a long fight. 

"We're not gonna break. We're gonna stick together until we get justice," Victor Dempsey said. 

The shooting remains under investigation.

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