Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
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.