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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York

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Velazquez Calls for Swift Action in the Shooting Death of Jayson Tirado by an Off-Duty Police Officer

Velázquez Calls for Swift Action in the Shooting Death of Jayson Tirado by an Off-Duty Police Officer
October 31, 2007
Press Release

NEW YORK – Today, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) sent the following letter to New York County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, requesting a grand jury investigation into the death of Jayson Tirado at the hands of an off-duty police officer. The letter reads as follows:

October 30, 2007

Honorable Robert Morgenthau
District Attorney - New York County
One Hogan Place
New York, NY 10013

Dear District Attorney Morgenthau:

I am writing to express my concern over the recent shooting incident involving an off-duty policeman. It has been reported that a grand jury has been convened. That grand jury investigation must move forward to determine the circumstances surrounding the tragic the death of Mr. Jayson Tirado at the hands of an off-duty police officer, Sean Sawyer, in a road rage confrontation.

The Hispanic community in the city needs to understand what steps will be taken to prevent future tragedies such as this one. It is deeply alarming the chain of events that led to the death of Mr. Tirado and the actions taken after the fateful incident. Jayson Tirado, 25, who died SundayOctober21st, lived in the Jacob Riis House on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with his mother, a girlfriend, and 5 year old daughter. His family's pain is exacerbated by the appearance of inaction against the officer involved. Although a death has occurred in suspicious circumstances, detective Sean Sawyer apparently has only been suspended without pay.

It is critical that a grand jury is presented evidence about this tragic event and make the appropriate deliberations. The community must see actions taken by our judicial system which prevents any public inference that police officers are allowed to break the law with impunity. I look forward to hearing from you regarding this important matter.

Sincerely,

Nydia M.Velázquez.
Member of Congress