“It’s a dangerous weapon. A screwdriver, you can be stabbed with, the same as you can be stabbed with a knife.” – NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan
Well…duh. And it isn’t even a gravity knife.
In fact, the average screwdriver is longer than most common pocketknives which have led to tens of thousands of unjust arrests in New York City. So far, even the hoplophobic D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr. hasn’t proposed banning screwdrivers. Or bricks and electric cords.
It is almost like the person wielding the tool is responsible for its misuse, not the tool itself.
Responding officers heard screaming coming from the back of the house. A 911 caller had told authorities she was yelling, “He’s going to kill me!”
They found Jahlire Nicholson holding a woman, his mother, and threatening her with a screwdriver in a small stairwell leading to the basement apartment, police said.
Officers ordered Nicholson to drop his weapon, but he refused. A struggle ensued, and officers were able to free his mother as they attempted to disarm him.
Cops then used a taser, but missed Nicholson, who continued to wield the screwdriver…
…As the struggle ensued, two officers fired, hitting Nicholson in the shoulder and in the leg.
He was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His mother was unharmed.