Unarmed Black Man Shot At By NYPD Has Been Charged With Assault Because Bullets Hit Bystanders
Glenn Broadnax, a 35-year-old black man from Brooklyn, was unarmed on the night of September 14 when NYPD officers shot at him in the middle of Times Square, striking two bystanders.
Instead of apologizing, the New York Times reports that the city has charged Broadnax ”with assault, on the theory that he was responsible for bullet wounds suffered by two bystanders.”
Broadnax was emotionally disturbed and dodging cars in the middle of the street when officers say he reached into his pocket to grab what they believed was a weapon, prompting them to open fire. His lawyers says he was reaching for his wallet.
So, because the NYPD is made up of trigger happy, crappy marksmen who fire at unarmed black people with impunity, Broadnax might spend up to 25 years in prison on trumped up assault charges, which the Manhattan district attorney insisted on.
… Meanwhile, the two cops who did the shooting are on desk duty pending an investigation. If the past is any indication, that means they will be back on the streets in no time.
from nytimes: Mariann Wang, a lawyer representing Sahar Khoshakhlagh, one of the women who was wounded, said the district attorney should be pursuing charges against the two officers who fired their weapons in a crowd, not against Mr. Broadnax. “It’s an incredibly unfortunate use of prosecutorial discretion to be prosecuting a man who didn’t even injure my client,” she said. “It’s the police who injured my client.”
"When he reached into his pants pocket [for his wallet], two officers…opened fire, missing Mr. Broadnax, but hitting two nearby women. ‘The defendant is the one that created the situation that injured innocent bystanders,’ said an assistant district attorney, Shannon Lucey."
are you serious????
Leadership. Lets not forget, folks, that the NYPD was under the Command of
Bernard Kerick when 4 ‘officers’ fired 41 shots at Amadou Dialo while he was trying to get his wallet & ID out. Striking him 19 times, killing him, and getting slapped on the wrist for it. Bernard Kerick’s boss? Rudolph Giuliani.
The current Commissioner? Raymond, ‘Stop & Frisk promoting fear (in criminals, one supposes)=GOOD thing’, Kelly. His boss? Michael, ‘Yeah! What Ray said!’ Bloomberg. Cops mushrooming bystanders in the streets & trying a quasi-legal dodge to get out of it? Not exactly surprising.
I can not WAIT for these asshats to leave office.