Gidone Busch was a 31-year old
Hasidic Jewwho was shot to death by officers of the NYPDon August 30, 1999in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Busch, a mentally disturbed man also suffering from kidney diseasewas wielding a hammer and threatening police when he was shot. The killing was highly controversial due to the fact Busch was armed with a hammer and accounts of the incident varied widely.
November 1, 1999a Brooklyn grand jurydeclined to indict the four officers involved in the shooting, citing the fact that Busch presented a threat to the officers and had refused orders to drop the hammer.
Gidone Busch's mother Doris Busch-Boskey and her attorneys then filed a Federal suit, claiming Busch's civil rights had been violated by the officers. However on
June 5, 2001the Justice Department declined to file charges announcing they agreed excessive force had not been used.
In October, 2003 Ms. Busch-Boskey's lawsuit against the
NYPDreached Federal Court. However, the Busch family was dealt another blow when on November 17, 2003the jury found the NYPDand the city not liable in the death of Busch. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9506EFD61E38F93BA25752C1A9659C8B63&n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fPeople%2fB%2fBusch%2c%20Gidone] However, on September 9, 2004a federal judge overturned that ruling and ordered a new trial due to questions surrounding the testimony of NYPDofficers. Doris Busch-Boesky however declined to pursue another trial, announcing her decision on August 27, 2006seemingly putting an end to the tortuous legal proceedings stemming from the Busch case. [http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2361505]
Kifner, John. "No Charges Against Officers in Fatal Brooklyn Shooting."
New York Times2 November 1999, B1.
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