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Man Accused of Shooting Gun as Fled NYPD Remains Detained after Video Shown in SDNY

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 17 – There was a Violation Memorandum from U.S. Pre-Trial Services about Shakur Pinder filed on March 12, 2020 - before Coronavirus shut down the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York courthouse.

  On May 19, 2020 SDNY Judge Vernon S. Broderick held a proceeding with Pinder. Inner City Press covered it.

   Other than a new case in New Jersey, Judge Broderick was told, Pinder was  largely complying with the terms of his release. In fact, his lawyer said he was eager to enter a guilty plea.

Jump cut more than four years later to June 14, 2024, Inner City Press the only media in the SDNY Magistrates Court, thread:

OK - now at bail hearing on defendant arrested for gun and "ammo feeding device" in Brooklyn, after a previous felony. He is asking to be released; three lawyers went into the holding cell to meet with him.

Assistant US Attorney: He fired a gun, it's on surveillance video. Then he fled the police. Judge: Was the area residential? AUSA: Don't know. He fled into the restaurant. Judge: Where there people in the restaurant? AUSA: I don't know.

CJA defense lawyer: We can show that my client was arrested in Brooklyn - and he made bail. His mother put up $30,000 against the $300,000 bond. She's willing to sign a bond here as well. She's a teacher and makes $100,000 a year

Defense lawyer: He was released on that bond. And three days later was arrested on a warrant issued by the Probation Department. It's curious. He'd done 4 years of probation, due to expire November 2024 - in fact, it was about to be ended early.

Defense lawyer: We say, It was not him running from the police and shooting in the air. His mother could come today to sign the bond. She has a house that she owns that's worth $500,000; she has a mortgage of $300,000. He wants to be out for Father's Day

Defense lawyer: My client was outside a deli, he had bought some food, he's known them -- Defendant: No, it was-- Judge: Don't be disrespectful to your lawyer. You're not helping yourself. Defendant: Can I talk? Judge: Speaking to your lawyer.

 Defense lawyer: He works at a barbershop near there.  AUSA: They have not overcome the presumption.  When the officer arrived, the defendant put the run near his waistband then ran, throwing the gun into a yard. Defense: We dispute that. The gun was in a yard

 Judge: What is the source of this info? Probation: It comes straight from the police report.  Judge: He threw the gun into then went into the restaurant? Probation: He ran into the restaurant then went out the back - then threw the gun Judge: Get the police report

[While Probation goes out to get the report, the lead defense lawyer speaks with two other lawyers. The defendant gestures for him to come over.. Probation is back. Judge reads it.]

 Judge: I need more information from the government. So you will be detained. Until a follow up proceeding on Monday.

On Monday, June 17, Inner City Press was there again. Thread:

 Family including a toddler here. Proceeding was to have started 10 am. But now defense lawyer, prosecutor, Probation and courtroom deputy are watching video, presumably of the arrest. Press can't see

Update of 10:38 am - they are still watching the video of the arrest, again and again - in the gallery we can hear the audio, but it doesn't indicate much. Apparently it's a close call

All rise!

 Judge: I've seen the video. But some is off camera.  AUSA: The shooting was down the block. Judge: Do the shell casings match the gun? AUSA: I don't know. The state case is set for June 27

 Defense: When he was previously on probation he was allowed to travel literally all over the world - he got his passport back and traveled to the Maldives, also to Dubai [Noise here in the gallery] Judge: If you cannot be quiet I will ask you to leave

 Judge: I'll be right back. [Leaves... She's back] Defense: A person here is from the non-profit, I'm proffering she would testify that the defendant cooked for her events. Also, a store owner who would say defendant would not have shot [AUSA consults supervisor]

 AUSA: We don't think this testimony would be relevant. Defense: The storeowner is from the deli on the block. But he didn't see anything. [

 [Toddler in gallery makes sounds and mother shushes]

Judge: Don't worry about it, I know how hard it is to control a toddler...  [Then defendant speaks up] Judge: You can't speak up, it shows you can't control yourself. It reinforces the decision I am making

 Judge: From the video and your behavior in the courtroom, something in you has changed recently. It's unfortunate. I could be wrong, and if so I apologize. It looks to me that you are the person in the video. Certainly in the bodycam video.

Judge: You were the one who fled the police with a gun. Even if I disregard the statements of the arresting officer. You were found in a location with a discharged gun, the officer saw you throw a gun. I am concerned for the safety of the community.

The case is US v. Pinder, 19-cr-12 (Broderick / Cave).


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