Spike in Police-Involved Shootings Come Amid Scrutiny

Monday, August 26, 2013

crime scene, police, police tape (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The NYPD shot at suspects in four separate incidents over three days – and although none of the shootings were fatal, they come at a time of increased scrutiny of the department.

The violence began last Thursday when police shot at an armed driver in Queens. Two days later, police in the Bronx shot a man as he was allegedly stabbing a woman. And in Brooklyn that same day, police shot a teen who allegedly attempted to enter a van under surveillance

Despite the recent spike, the latest data (PDF) from the NYPD in 2011 shows the number of police involved shootings hit the second-lowest level in the city's recent history.

Still, the violence comes at a time of heightened scrutiny for the department. Just last week, the City Council overturned a mayoral veto to expand oversight of the NYPD. 

Earlier this summer, a judge ruled that the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactic was unconstitutional and ordered the city to install a federal monitor to oversee the department.


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