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Bah v. City of New York, et al.
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The firm represents the Estate of Mohamed Bah, who was fatally shot in his home by NYPD officers on September 25, 2012. The actions leading up to Bah's death began when Bah's mother Hawa, who was visiting from Guinea, grew concerned that her son was seriously depressed after he acted uncharacteristically, including canceling plans to celebrate his upcoming birthday. On the evening of the 25th, she arrived at her son's building and called 911 requesting assistance to get him treatment.

Instead, police officers arrived. Mrs. Bah asked for the officers to leave because no crime was in progress, but they refused, and attempted to force their way into Bah's apartment. Bah had no idea that the officers had arrived in response to a call by his mother, nor did he know she was nearby, as her requests to speak with him and de-escalate the situation were denied. Officers also ignored Bah's demands to leave him alone.

After several more officers arrived with their guns drawn, they entered Bah's apartment. Within an hour of Bah's mother's request for medical assistance, Bah was dead. He was shot at least 8 times.

On September 23, 2013, the Bah Estate filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan against the City of New York. The lawsuit seeks an injunction that requires the NYPD to implement new protocols for dealing with emotionally disturbed persons as well as unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

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