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Several Orthodox Jewish community leaders in Brooklyn rallied behind police Tuesday, a day after four officers fatally shot a man who refused to drop a claw hammer he was using to beat a sergeant.

But a small group of people, including Assemblyman Dov Hikind, D-Brooklyn, questioned why the officers could not subdue Gary Busch -- described by police as emotionally disturbed. Hikind compared the death to the fatal police shooting of Amadou Diallo in February.

The officers fired 12 shots at Busch shortly before 7 p.m. Monday. Hundreds of people in the predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Borough Park demonstrated over the shooting Monday night.

Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Police Commissioner Howard Safir said a preliminary investigation indicated the officers acted appropriately.

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