Hawa Bah

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Mother Of Slain Mentally Ill Man Shot By Police Awarded Nearly $2 million

March 21, 2019 - 2:17 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York City has agreed to pay the mother of a mentally ill man who was fatally shot by police in 2012 nearly $2 million.

Mohamed Bah, was a 28-year-old taxi driver that was shot eight times when police entered his Harlem apartment.

The city said the detective who fired the fatal shot feared for his life when Bah lunged with a knife.

The city's law department says the officer acted reasonably under difficult circumstances but expresses hope that the settlement can bring some sort of  closure to Bah's family.

The encounter resulted in an examination of NYPD protocol.

Attorney Randolph McLaughlin tells The Daily News that Hawa Bah can finally move forward while viewing her son as a "champion of civil rights.''

The $1.9 million settlement requires a judge's approval.