Let’s face it, the killer shot one person dead, the Police shot 9 people and killed one of them. This is a Police shooting. There will be some fallout from this:
The latest episode came when police say a man disgruntled over losing his job a year ago shot a former colleague to death and pointed his weapon at two police officers in the shadow of a major tourist attraction.
He apparently wasn’t able to fire before police killed him, one firing off seven rounds and the other nine. Bystanders suffered graze wounds, and some were struck by concrete gouged from buildings by the bullets, authorities said. At least one person said he was actually hit by a bullet.
Robert Asika, a 23-year-old tour guide who was hit in the right arm, said he was “100 percent positive” he was shot by a police officer.
A witness told police that laid-off clothing designer Jeffrey Johnson fired at officers, but ballistics evidence so far contradicts that, authorities said….
Those injured can sue the city for damages for personal injury if they can prove officers did not exercise care reasonably required under similar circumstances. The family of a woman killed by police in 1993 received nearly $4 million.
Now this was a VERY dicey shooting. The man COULD have returned fire, so I don’t blame the cops for taking action. Also he had committed what appears to be a 1st Degree murder, so apprehending him is what we pay cops to do. Still we know that police firearms training is VERY lacking
There also are semiannual firearm qualifications which include a two-part lecture, practice fire of 45 rounds of ammunition at stationary targets at 7-, 15-, and 25-yard distances, un-scored practice on a tactical pistol course, and qualification firing of 50 rounds at stationary targets at 7-, 15-, and 25-yard distances. A minimum of 39 hits is required to qualify (78 percent).
So this implies that unless the police officer goes out on his own, he will have fired only 190 rounds at stationary paper targets per year from his duty gun, and only 148 of those rounds in the worst shooting need to even be on paper!
Sebastian notes that outside training is unlikely as there is little shooting or gun culture in Bloomberg country.
This is just senseless!