NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City police officer accused of fatally shooting a mentally disabled man on the subway in 2013 was acquitted on Tuesday of the charge of second-degree manslaughter, the prosecutor said.
The jury of eight men and six women found Officer Joseph DeGiorgio not guilty of second degree murder for his actions on Nov. 1, 2013, in the Bronx.
Prosecutors say DeGio shot Joshua Bekoff, a 22-year-old with a history of mental illness, in front of his apartment building on a New York subway train.
He has since been released on bail pending a decision by a judge.
DeGios attorney had asked for his acquittal to be overturned on the grounds that DeGiovs actions amounted to a “deceptive and reckless act.”
Bekoff’s family had asked the jury to acquit DeGorio on two counts of second or third degree murder.
De Giorgio’s defense argued that the officers actions were justified in self-defense.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh)