The road rage killing of a man shot in Brooklyn last year by an off-duty police officer sparked two lawsuits Monday, the eve of the anniversary of Delrawn Small’s death.
Small’s widow filed a wrongful death suit, while the mother of the victim’s three children filed a federal claim blaming the NYPD for allowing off-duty officers to carry firearms.
Small, 37, was shot and killed after a July 4 confrontation in East New York with off-duty officer Wayne Isaacs, who was later charged with second-degree murder.
Small’s widow, Wenona Small, who is not the mother of his children, is filing the wrongful death suit, and the mom, Zaquanna Albert, is filing the federal claim, according to their lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein.
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“It’s been extremely difficult,” Wenona Small told the Daily News. “We are taking it day by day. It’s hard to live without him.”
Meanwhile, friends and family members held a vigil in Small’s honor Monday night at the intersection where he died.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is prosecuting Isaacs. Under a new law, the AG acts as a special prosecutor in matters involving police shootings.
Small’s family said they hope the new law results in posthumous justice for the victim.
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