Police Shoot and Kill Man With Special Needs in New Jersey, Surveillance Video Seized for Evidence


Dixon Rodriguez



” Police in Perth Amboy, New Jersey said they were responding to a call about an emotionally disturbed person yesterday afternoon when they shot and killed 31 or 32-year-old Dixon Rodriguez on the street. Police say they found a knife on Rodriguez after shooting him. The officers who shot Rodriguez say he attacked them with the knife. Neither was seriously injured according to the local prosecutor, who is investigating the incident. Family and neighbors doubt the official story. Via the Star Ledger:

  People who live in the neighborhood and at least one family friend were skeptical of the prosecutor’s account.

“ We don’t believe Dixon had a knife,” said Joel Perez, who lives nearby on Kearney Avenue. “(Dixon) was someone who had the mind of a six-year-old. It wasn’t in him to do something like this.”

  Passerby Brenda Munoz told ABC-TV news she witnessed the shooting and heard an officer say, “I thought he had something.”

Munoz told the station she did not see a knife.

  At least one surveillance camera apparently caught the incident on video. Prosecutors have seized that video but it has not been released. “











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