A couple of years ago, a New York City police officer shot a man in the head.
The officer, who was white, said he was protecting himself when he fired, but his account of the events was questioned by others.
It became a flashpoint for a heated debate on race, law enforcement, and the role of law enforcement.
In a case that has drawn widespread criticism, New York State Police investigators reviewed the video and concluded that the officer’s account of events was inaccurate and that the shooting was justified.
The New York Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The officers involved have been fired and charged with manslaughter and official misconduct.
As the protests grew, the New York Times ran a story about a white officer who was arrested and charged in connection with a shooting of a black man.
That story sparked a backlash, and in July, the Times reported that the NYPD had launched an internal review into whether the officer who shot the black man should be reinstated.
On Tuesday, the city’s top prosecutor announced that a grand jury would not indict a white police officer for the shooting death of a man.
New York’s police commissioner, William Bratton, has defended the officer and said the police force is better equipped to deal with the problems caused by the protests.
He said the officer should be able to “do his job” and was “a professional.”
But New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, said the New Yorkers’ concerns are unfounded.
“The vast majority of New Yorkers want an officer who will do his job,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
“We believe this officer’s actions were excessive and unnecessary.”
Read more about police shootings in the New Yorker.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that New York is one of eight states that require the shooting of people at close range in order to receive a death penalty.
In fact, only Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, and Missouri require the use of deadly force to obtain a death sentence.