Activists and the mother of Mohamed Bah urge the city to drop a verdict appeal.

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Family of cab driver shot by cops wants city to drop settlement appeal

September 25, 2018 - 2:43 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The family of a 28-year-old taxi driver who was shot and killed by police inside his apartment 6 years ago is asking the city to drop its appeal of a $2 million settlement so his family can get on with their lives.

The appeal is sitting in the way of Mohamed Bah's mother receiving her settlement. She's the one who called 911.

"Mohamed was sick. I know he needed help," Hawa Bah said.

She wanted an ambulance, instead the police came.

Her attorney, Randolph McLaughlin said the jury agreed that officer Edwin Mateo used excessive force.

"Mateo unlawfully shot Mohamed Bah in his head while Mohamed was lying on his back after being shot seven times," he said.

Cops say Bah lunged at the with a knife. The city law department said the case ended unfortunately, but officers acted reasonably.

"Despite these officers' adherence to longstanding NYPD protocols governing the handling of emotionally disturbed persons, this incident ended tragically. When officers act reasonably in these situations, the law properly applied protects them from adverse judgments. It is for that reason we have appealed, the law department said in a statement.