2010 Sees Fewest Fatal Police Shootings For NYPD

NEW YORK (AP) — Police officers in New York City last year shot and killed the fewest people since their department started keeping such data.

Eight people were killed by officers in the nation’s largest police department and 16 were wounded in police gunfire — another record low.

New York Police Department chief spokesman Paul Browne said the department started keeping comparable data on firearms discharges in 1971, when officers killed 93 people.

There were 12 police shooting deaths in 2009. The previous low was nine in 2005.

The latest statistics were released Wednesday.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the low number of shooting deaths is a tribute to the police officers’ training and restraint and to a safer city.

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  • Peter_from_NYC

    Well, NYC is improving.

    But look at the past:

    1) in the 1970’s (see movie “Serpico” where there was one honest cop in a dishonest apartment, and his NYPD buddies set him up to be shot by the bad guys)

    2) the Knapp Commission instituted a number of reforms

    3) In the “French Connection”, 75 pounds of heroin seized was later examined since there were insects crawling on it. Somebody substituted flour for the heroin in the Police Evidence Locker.

    4) In 1999 “Amadou Diallo (September 2, 1975–February 4, 1999) was a 23-year-old Guinean immigrant in New York City who was shot and killed on February 4, 1999 by four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers: Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss. The four officers fired a total of 41 rounds.” His “weapon” turned out to be a rectangular wallet

    5) Two NY cops gave information to the mob to have their people killed, and also assisted by a bogus arrest where they turned a guy over to the mob to be killed: “Former Mafia boss Anthony ‘Gaspipe’ Casso told 60 Minutes Correspondent Ed Bradley how New York detectives Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa helped him commit eight murders …. “Louis and Steve went by a club where the kid was staying, make believe they were going to arrest him. They put him in the car. I used to have cars for them. I gave them a car. Like a police car. An unmarked car. I gave them a car. They put him in the car,” says Casso.

    “The kid thought they were taking him to the station house. But they took him to a garage. When they got to the garage, they laid him on the floor. They tied his feet, his hands cuffed, put him in the trunk of the car. The police car comes in, the guy’s kicking in the trunk. He’s making noise. I took him to a place that I have pre-arranged. You know, somebody’s house that I could use. … Sat him down. I wanted to know why I was shot, and who else was involved. And who, you know, gave the orders to shoot me.””

    6) In general: NYPD was corrupt, racist, and trigger happy.

    Now each bullet is numbered, and the older cops died off and were replaced by younger, multi-racial, better trained cops, and there are even NYC gay cop groups (GOAL). But believe me: they are still doing bad things, reinforced by the blue wall of silence. They still threaten people with psychiatric confinement in order to stop people from complaining. The Civilian Complaint Review Board basically doesn’t work. But it’s way better than 30 or 40 years ago.

    • Mike Carthy

      wow over 140 years and 1.2 million cops that have served five incidents have led u to this sterotype….isnt that what a bigot is taking a few and painting the broad stroke over all…..hypocrit

  • grandeson

    Wheres all the people complaining how evil the NYPD is now? The ones who say they kill and shoot people unjustly and are gun happy. Yeah I’d say its pretty low for a 35, 000 person force. Hello? where are you????

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