2009-01-23 / Top Stories

Mom Denied Settlement In Fatal Shooting Of Son

By Nicholas Briano

Rasheem Parrish was shot and killed by police after he pulled a loaded handgun on an officer back in 2006. Rasheem Parrish was shot and killed by police after he pulled a loaded handgun on an officer back in 2006. The mother of a Far Rockaway man, who was fatally shot by police in 2006 while armed and resisting arrest, was denied a settlement last week in Federal court in her attempt to hold the city responsible for his murder.

Jury deliberations last Wednesday at Manhattan Federal Court resulted in the denial of a wrongful-death claim against the City of New York by Rasheem Parrish's mother, Donessa Parish, who believed the police should be held responsible for her son's death.

Parrish, 20, was killed in March 2006 when he pulled a 9 mm handgun on police who were attempting to arrest him on an allegation that he had held up two men at gunpoint the night before.

Parrish, who had already served time for attempted murder, was part of a gang of gunpoint robbers who called themselves "The Edgemere Extortion Boys," according to area police.

The night he was killed, Parrish reportedly put a gun in the face of a police lieutenant when he was fatally shot in his lower back by an accompanying sergeant.

The confrontation, which occurred around 8 p.m. on March 25, 2006, at the corner of Beach 22 Street and Mott Avenue near the train station, was heightened when Parrish allegedly took a swing at the lieutenant and tried to flee, according to police.

The lieutenant then grabbed Parrish, who pulled a loaded 9 mm pistol, reportedly pointing it at the officer.

Parrish was featured in the Rockaway documentary, "Irish Ropes." He was an aspiring boxer in training in the now defunct Arverne boxing gym.

The Far Rockaway N.A.A.C.P. circulated a flyer days after his death, describing Parrish as a young man who died while attempting to get his life together.

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