The family of a gun-toting man killed by police along with NYPD officer Brian Mulkeen has filed suit against the city — alleging the since-disbanded anti-crime unit’s aggressive tactics caused the fatal shooting.
“Every time we get more information like from the most recent non-NYPD video, we are validated about what we’ve always known — Antonio should still be alive and these officers should be fired,” Shawn and Gladys Williams, father and stepmother of Antonio Williams, said in a statement.
Williams, 27, died just after 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 29, 2019, in The Bronx after cops opened fire as Williams and Mulkeen struggled on the ground.
Body camera footage captured the 33-year-old cop, who was killed by friendly-fire, yelling to fellow officers “He’s reaching for it! He’s reaching for it!”
The officer’s gun was fired five times but it was unclear whether Williams or Mulkeen pulled the trigger.
Williams’ gun, a .32-caliber revolver, was not fired during the exchange.
The lawsuit, filed in Bronx Supreme Court Tuesday, accuses the anti-crime cops of yelling at Williams while he waited for a taxi near 1132 E. 229th Street and Laconia Avenue — causing him to run.
“Under long established state law and NYPD departmental guidelines, Mr. Williams had every right to run away from what appeared to be a dangerous situation developing,” the suit reads.
“[The NYPD] had no reasonable suspicion of criminal activity which would have justified stopping Mr. Williams on [sic] his companion.”
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanded the plainclothes unit in June over its “history of high-profile shootings and deaths.”
The family called on the NYPD to fire the officers who “recklessly killed Antonio and another officer.”
“It seems like Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD just want his murder swept under a rug,” the family said in its statement.
They accused the NYPD of vilifying Williams and “blame him for his own murder.”
Williams was on probation for a narcotics arrest in Rockland County in 2018 and had a rap sheet with three prior arrests, sources said at the time.
The NYPD declined to comment on a pending lawsuit.