Michael S. Lamonsoff Calls for New NYPD Firearms Training
In the wake of yet another NYPD shooting of innocent victims, police abuse attorney Michael S. Lamonsoff has called for re-thinking of the firearms training given to NYPD officers. Last year, nine innocent victims were struck by NYPD bullets when police opened fire on a suspect outside the Empire State Building.
This past Saturday, the NYPD fired at an unarmed man while in the middle of Times Square striking two women in the area. NYPD guidelines state that officers may not fire their weapons if doing so will “unnecessarily endanger innocent persons.” Yet despite this caution, the list of innocent victims of police gunfire continues to grow.
“This is going to happen again and again until somebody takes a look at the training,” said Michael S. Lamonsoff when speaking with the New York Daily News. “You can’t dismiss (bystanders being shot) as collateral damage and not look at the actual problem.”
What Changes Do We Want To See?
Changes to the NYPD firearms training could include more emphasis on utilizing a taser, or other non-bullet mechanisms, to subdue suspects. Any changes would come as a welcome relief to the eight million New Yorkers who should not be victims of police gunfire.
Michael S. Lamonsoff has represented many victims of police shootings including the Empire State Building shooting, a Japanese tourist struck by an NYPD bullet, and others. If you or family have been the victims of a police shooting contact us immediately. Strict deadlines may apply to your case so don’t delay.