NEW YORK — More than 30 officers have been charged in the shooting death of a man whose body was found in a Bronx street early Wednesday morning.
Authorities said the death of Michael Hines was not an accident.
Hines, 25, was shot on the sidewalk by officers in the 300 block of West 54th Street in the city’s Financial District.
He died at a hospital.
His death was ruled an accident, according to a news release from the NYPD.
Hines, who had been arrested for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, was a member of the Black Lives Matter group and had attended a protest against police brutality, the release said.
His family has said his death was unjustified.
A source told The Associated Press that Hines had been in and out of custody for more than a month.
The New York Police Department has not released a statement about the charges against officers, who were placed on administrative leave Thursday.
The Associated Press previously reported that Hine had a history of mental health issues and had a mental health crisis.
He was not believed to be armed at the time of the shooting.