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Updated: 1/04/2012 6:04 pm
Members of the NAACP gathered outside their headquarters Wednesday morning, calling for an independent investigation into the police shooting last Thursday.

"We're not saying that we disbelieve the police chief," says NAACP Regional President Debora Brown -Johnson. "We're saying there's a need for a review."

But District Attorney David Soares says that review is already underway.

"They've got an independent investigator here in Albany County and that's my office," Soares says.

So far the facts released by police are limited but, Chief Steven Krokoff maintains 19-year-old Nah'cream Moore was armed during the traffic stop and pointed a loaded gun at an officer. He says another officer was then forced to shoot, hitting Moore in the torso three times, killing him.

Soares says members of his office were on the scene that very night, launching their own investigation.

"In the infancy stages of cases like this, we cannot disclose too much. But in the absence of information, you have a lot of misinformation that comes in and fills the void," Soares says. "And the people that are out there spreading this misinformation will be called in and put under oath."

Already, outrage in the community may be taking a dangerous turn. Police confirm a warning put out to officers of possible retaliation from suspected South End gang members.

Soares would not say whether Moore himself was a gang member. But he did acknowledge such organizations exist in the city, resulting in a number of violent deaths over the years.

"There's no attention ever being paid to it. There's no outcry that's ever being made. And it gets a little tiring," he says.

We asked members of the NAACP if they've heard any talk of retaliation. They tell us they've been out in the community and have heard no mention of threats against police. Both community leaders and the DA's office are asking people to remain patient as all investigations continue.

Officers Jason Kelly and Greg Mulligan, the two officers involved in the shooting, are both on leave pending the internal investigation. DA Soares says the results of that investigation as well as his, which includes the home invasion police say Moore was a suspect in, will go before a grand jury.  Soares points out the grand jury, seated in Albany County, is also an independent body.
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