NYPD killed an innocent citizen – again…
Perhaps its time to consider looking into the training and qualification standards? I am not one to say it was avoidable, but this is a trend that seems to be popping up in New York and it would appear they don’t see a connection between training and Accuracy.
“There is a danger if you get so into firearms and tactics, it could become a different department and that could be a bad thing,” O’Donnell cautioned. “Do you really want to turn a department into a place where you make shooting a big issue and turn them into Marine snipers?” – Eugene O’Donnell, Former NYC police officer.
We don’t need to turn them into Marine Snipers, but if they are going to carry a firearm, we do need them to be able to hit what they aim at under stress. That would take the city actually taking the time and effort to train their officers on a regular basis on use of force, and to conduct sustainment firearms training in the NYPD. Based on the recent wounding of bystanders by the “elite” members of the police force – it is apparent that they couldn’t do what they needed to do. They are required to qualify only twice a year, which translates to about 100 rounds a year and they are somehow magically supposed to maintain competence. Thats just bad policy.
For people who carry guns and hold the power of life and death in their decisions and actions, shooting must be a big issue – so they don’t shoot the wrong people. If Eugene is indicative of the average officer’s attitude toward firearms proficiency in New York, this is a significant public safety issue.
I predict a series of lawsuits filed against the city by the victims & families of those shot by New York City Police officers which will be filed under the vicarious liability statues, specifically willful indifference to police training, which has cost other cities millions of dollars. Based on Eugene’s statements, New York City better prepare to write some large checks.
This is pretty simple. If you don’t want them to have guns, take them away and give them tasers, or clubs, or maybe nothing, because we don’t want to train them to use those either. Lets see what that does to the crime rate in New York. If NYC police officers (or anyone else) is going to carry a firearm – they have a moral responsibility to be proficient with it. If the city is going to give them a gun, then the city bears the responsibility of ensuring they are adequately trained.
From 1996 – 2007 NYPD had as 18% hit rate when the suspect is shooting back and 34% when he was not shooting back. The nationwide average of police officer firearms proficiency is about 33% hits on target during a live event. I’m not sure what the over all rate is in NY, but clearly much lower. Hitting what they aim at is the easy part – training them when to shoot (which was the problem here), and doing it under stress will take much more dedicated effort.
This Micheal Bloomberg’s America, and sincerely hope we don’t let him infect populations outside of New York.