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Police officer involved in shooting, teenager dead


Police officer involved in shooting, teenager dead

The screams of a grieving mother could be heard through Utica City Hall at a press conference Saturday morning, detailing the shooting death of a 13-year-old member of the Karen community by an officer on Friday night.

What started as rumblings turned into screams from all sides as Utica Mayor Michael Galime, through the help of an interpreter, spoke to the mother and family of the 13-year-old boy.

Utica Police Chief Mark Williams and Mayor of Utica Michael Galime address the crowd inside City Hall in Utica, NY on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Saturday’s press conference was originally meant for members of the press, but was opened up to the general public due to the sheer number of people, according to the mayor.

“We called this press conference not to just explain and be completely transparent, but to offer our condolences to the family and the community for their loss,” Galime said. “Yesterday evening, while a stop like the one that occurred is routine, it became tragic in near moments. We understand and we’re here to be completely transparent and explain everything about the incident to the community and the process moving forward.”

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