Monday, November 27, 2006

NYPD shoot unarmed men

Uh oh. NYPD officers shoot at and kill some men outside a strip club. Not a lot of details are out, but what is in the media indicates that after the shooting was over, it was discovered that the men were unarmed. There's going to be a HUGE ruckus over this, I guarantee it.

9 comments:

wil said...

Big ruckus.

One officer "off-loaded" two entire clips.

Ouch!

Bobby said...

Subjects were "armed" with a 2,000 pound vehicle. That's weapon enough for me.

FroneAmy said...

I SERIOUSLY hope you don't think I am doubting police integrity on this story.

Brandon said...

Bobby, NYPD policy states that officers cannot fire their weapons at a vehicle unless deadly force is being used against the officers by means other than a moving vehicle. Personally I think it's a dumb policy, but it is what it is. There's going to be a huge ruckus over this for a while.

Bobby said...

Ah, but would you rather find a new job, or be dead or crippled Brandon? It is a stupid policy.

Just playing devil's advocate but do you think there'd be a ruckus if the people in the car were white? How about middle eastern?

Brandon said...

Bobby, I'm a little confused by your last post, since we both agree that the policy is a stupid one. The officer was very lucky that he wasn't seriously injured, if I were in his place, I probably would have fired my weapon as well.

As far as your second question, their would be a ruckus if the men were Middle Eastern, here in Indiana there likely would have been one if they had been white, & maybe there would be in New York if it was a slow news day.

FroneAmy said...

I gotta say I doubt seriously there would be a big fuss made if they'd been white. Not a public outcry, anyway. I'd like to think, though, that there would be a ruckus if they'd been middle eastern but I don't think there are many public advocates for the small middle-eastern minority we have in this country. I've been too busy the last few days to follow up with this story and find out more details, but hopefully I'll get to see some soon.

Brandon said...

My freshman year of college, a university police officer shot & killed an unarmed & heavily intoxicated white college student while responding to a report of a burglar breaking into a woman's house. The local media made a huge fuss about the student being unarmed, that could be because the city's relatively small (60,000.)

Jason said...

Well it is with the benefit of hindsight that people know they weren't armed. How about at that moment when the shots were fired?