Maybe NYPD should be disarmed, instead of the citizens. Late last night, an “agitated” man who apparently justified this overreaction by the cops by “laying down in the middle of a crowded intersection in Times Square.” According to the NYT:
Two police officers opened fire at the man, striking two bystanders instead, the authorities said.
When confronted by police, the obviously-disturbed individual “put his hand in his pants, then withdrew it and mimicked shooting at the officers”, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said at a news conference at Bellevue Hospital Center early Sunday morning. The man, who has been identified as Glenn Broadnax, 35, of Brooklyn, didn’t have a gun to begin with, the police admitted. According to the NYT:
An officer fired one shot, and the other fired two. In a video of the episode, a single shot is heard first, followed about seven seconds later by two more shots.
As you can hear in the video, there were WAY more shots being fired than the police are admitting. I counted nine. This man might have well as been tied to a pole and executed. That would’ve been safer for everyone, as it turns out:
The two poor women they shot just happened to be walking around in the area when the officers shot them. The man they missed, however, didn’t get away. He was surrounded by cops, shocked with a taser and “subdued”.
One of the women who was shot had a broken leg in two places ; The other got away with just a graze wound to her behind. She was treated and released pretty quickly. Neither have so far been identified.
Both witnesses and officials said that Mr. Broadnax had been running around in front of cars at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue about 9:30 p.m.
After being knocked to the ground by a taxi, he picked himself up and resisted a police officer and remained in an intersection while cars went around him.
“He was just wandering, running away from the cop,” said a witness who described himself as a retired police officer and did not want to be named. “He tried to run and ended up getting hit by three different cars.”
But at the news conference today, Mr. Kelly with the NYPD said he had not.
“It appeared that he wanted to be struck by cars,” Mr. Kelly said. Mr. Broadnax had only had a wallet in his possession, the commissioner added.
One of the police officers involved had only been with the force for about a year and a half ; The other only three years. Neither had ever been involved in any shooting before.
But NYPD insists it’s not their fault they shot a man who didn’t have a gun and hit two innocent bystanders, even when witnesses say it was, and the NYPD arrests one of the police officers, because it is.
In one video posted to YouTube, a bystander is heard saying, “Don’t shoot him no more.”
Anger at the police for opening fire quickly spread through the crowd, Ms. Nesbeth said.
“My reaction was like, ‘Wait, why are they shooting at him?’ ” she said. “He was just run over by a car.”
Ms. Nesbeth said a woman with a walker who had been standing near her was shot and fell to the ground. The woman was splayed on the sidewalk, she said, a red blood stain spreading down her pants leg. Both bystanders were shot on the northeast corner of 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue.
Mr. Broadnax was charged with menacing, obstructing governmental administration, riot, criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was being held in police custody at Bellevue on Sunday, officials said.
This was a guy who probably just did bath salts and was completely out of his mind ; There was no gun, no reason to use deadly force against this man.
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