A Recent History of NYPD Brutality

Nathaniel Levi Gaines

Date: July 1996

Gulf War veteran and Yonkers resident Nathaniel Gaines was fatally shot by a New York City Transit Police officer on the Fourth of July. The unarmed Gaines got into an altercation with Paolo Colecchia on the 167th Street subway station platform in the Bronx. Collechia initially reported that Gaines attempted to grab his weapon during the struggle, However, it was eventually revealed that Collechia was aware that Gaines was unarmed during their fight. Gaines had prior criminal record.

Collechia, who had a history of complaints filed against him, was eventually indicted for manslaughter. He was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison.

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