What happened to the New York Knicks?
New York City, NY—On March 3, 2016, Carmelo Anthony left the Knicks’ locker room to head to his car.
While in the car, Anthony was hit by a car and killed by a police officer.
He was 29 years old.
In an interview with the New Yorker, Knicks owner James Dolan revealed that the team had made the decision to fire Anthony.
“I made a decision to let Carmelo go,” Dolan told the magazine.
“It was the right thing to do.”
As the New Republic points out, Anthony’s death is the most lethal police shooting in U.S. history, according to a report by the Guardian.
“Police say that they shot at Anthony because they thought he was reaching for a gun, not because he was threatening anyone,” the Guardian noted.
“The New York Police Department said they believe Anthony was holding a gun.”
In 2016, the New Jersey State Police released video of the incident in which a trooper can be seen firing his gun into the air.
The trooper can also be heard yelling at Anthony to drop his gun.
“Drop the gun!
Drop the gun!” he says.
“He’s holding a weapon!”
The New Jersey Department of Justice announced in 2016 that the officer was disciplined for “unlawful use of deadly force” for shooting Anthony, but did not disclose what that discipline was.
In April 2016, Anthony sued the New Orleans Police Department and its police commissioner for wrongful death.
“A judge in the case ruled that the New Orleanians failed to properly investigate and prosecute Officer Bortolo’s fatal shooting,” the New England Patriots reported at the time.
“In the end, Judge David D. Kunkle awarded Anthony $12 million in damages, including $10 million in punitive damages and $10.3 million in attorney fees.”
In April 2017, Anthony filed a lawsuit against the New New York police department and the city of New York over the incident, which he said was an excessive use of force.
The lawsuit also said the New City Police Department “failed to provide proper training on how to deal with mentally ill individuals” and that the officers “failed in their duties as peace officers and law enforcement officers to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the public.”
In June 2017, a grand jury declined to indict Officer BORTOLO.
The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has declined to press charges against the officer.