In the wake of yet another NYPD shooting of innocent victims, 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.” 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.
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013, 2:39 PM
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013, 5:39 AMRead more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/crazed-man-rap-sheet-nypd-shot-article-1.1456667#ixzz2g1JXWg67he Times Square shooting that wounded two bystanders happened in a New York minute.It took just about 60 seconds from the time two police officers saw a deranged, unarmed man weaving in and out of traffic on Eighth Ave. on Saturday night to when shots were fired, a source said Sunday.
The fracas broke out at 9:36 p.m. when Glenn Broadnax attempted to evade cops who were trying to stop him from weaving between vehicles near W. 42nd St., cops said.
“This individual was blocking traffic and appeared to be attempting to be hit by cars when a police officer on foot patrol attempted to take him into custody,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said hours later.
Police wouldn’t comment on the timing of the officers’ response.
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“As in all police-involved shootings, the department conducts a full and thorough review, and a final determination is not made until the full investigation into the incident has been completed,” said Deputy Commissioner John McCarthy, the NYPD’s chief spokesman.
Broadnax, who was unharmed in the shooting, was armed only with a death wish, a police source said.
“He told investigators that he wanted to die,” the source said, adding that Broadnax had been smoking marijuana. “He told police he was off his medication and that he heard voices in his head, that people were talking to him.”
The Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, man, described by cops as emotionally disturbed, had 23 prior arrests for offenses such as assault, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
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Broadnax “has a history of mental illness reported by his family,” prosecutors said during his arraignment Sunday.
He was held without bail and will receive a psychiatric evaluation before his next court date on Oct. 8.
Some critics pounced on the terrifying melee as further evidence that NYPD cops receive inadequate weapons training.
“This is going to happen again and again until somebody takes a look at the training,” said Michael Lamonsoff, a lawyer for six of the bystanders shot by cops outside the Empire State Building a year ago. “You can’t dismiss (bystanders being shot) as collateral damage and not look at the actual problem.”
The Empire State Building police-involved shooting was the last time bystanders have been hit, cops said.
The two officers who fired three rounds at Broadnax — one assigned to Midtown South, where the incident occurred, and one from the 5th Precinct who was working overtime — have been with the NYPD for 11/2 and three years, sources said. Neither had been involved in a shooting incident before.
They let fly after Broadnax pretended to shoot at them, making believe that his hand was a weapon, cops said. He was pointing a MetroCard at the officers when they took aim, a witness said.
The cops felt they had no choice, said a second police source.
“He pulled what they thought was a gun,” the source said. “There was a large crowd, and who knows what would have happened if he did have a gun.”
None of the bullets hit Broadnax. He was ultimately arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital after being struck by a Taser fired by a police sergeant, cops said.
Broadnax was charged with menacing, obstructing governmental administration, rioting, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and cocaine possession after the incident near the Port Authority Bus Terminal, cops said.
The two victims, Theodora Ray, 54, and Sahara Khoshakhlagh, 37, were recovering Sunday. Ray was struck in the lower right leg and rushed to Bellevue.
Kelly said the older woman would undergo surgery but that her condition was stable. Khoshakhlagh was grazed on the buttocks. She was treated at Roosevelt Hospital and released.
“I’m okay,” she told the Daily News. “I’m doing fine. I’m doing good. . . . I just need to rest.”
Kelly visited both women. “They’re in good spirits,” he said. “They were walking, we believe, in opposite directions. They didn’t know each other . . . and they weren’t 100% certain of what happened. Now they understand what did happen.”
The incident baffled Broadnax’s Bed-Stuy neighbors.
“He’s not known for acting psychotic. . . . He’s a good person. That man is not suicidal,” said Brad Fletcher, 31.
No one was killed Saturday night, unlike in the Empire State Building shooting, which left two people dead and nine wounded.
And it was back to business Sunday, with a street fair along Eighth Ave. But New Yorkers were shaken all the same.
“It’s not safe. I’m tired of hearing police shooting people,” said Jamara Young, 18, of Brooklyn, who works nearby. “Two people got hit. It could be any of us. You never know if it’s going to be you.”
With Matthew J. Perlman, Peter Moskowitz and Ryan Sit