ONEONTA, N.Y. -- A number of Oneonta residents protested downtown following the officer-involved shooting on April 6, when Oneonta Police Sgt. Ralph Pajerski shot 23-year-old Tyler Green on his front lawn. Green had stabbed his girlfriend in the leg and caused her to drop their 2-year-old child, and lunged at the child as the fatal shots were fired.
Protesters called for OPD to release the body camera footage from the shooting, and asserted that the use of force against Green was unnecessary, even if he was guilty of abusing his girlfriend.
"We don't want to stick up for Mr. Green," said protest organizer Eric Hanss. "What we're hoping is to prevent this kind of situation in the future." Hanss and his fellow protesters called for deescalation to be the foremost method used in these situations.
This came at a contentious period for police relations, following the killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo by Chicago police. It also follows the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright at a traffic stop in Minnesota after an officer apparently shot him by mistake, thinking she had pulled out her taser. All while former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is standing trial for second degree murder in the death of George Floyd.