Friday, August 24, 2012
Danger! Police at work!
I'm sure readers have learned by now of the shooting near the Empire State Building in New York City this morning, in which two people were killed - one being the perpetrator of the crime - and at least nine others injured. It now appears that all those injured were wounded by police gunfire, or by fragments knocked off buildings and other objects by police bullets.
This is hardly the first time the abysmal marksmanship training and standards of the New York City Police Department have been exposed. Two of the most (in)famous cases were those of Amadou Diallo (41 shots fired) and Sean Bell (50 shots fired). In this latest incident, it's reported that 16 rounds were fired by police, most missing their target (as was the case in the earlier incidents I mentioned).
When is the NYPD going to put more emphasis on initial and refresher weapons training for its officers? Right now, it seems like bystanders in New York City are in greater danger from police gunfire than perpetrators!