Review Under Way After Bystanders Hit During Police-Involved Shooting Outside Port Authority

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Officials are taking a close look at Saturday night’s police-involved shooting that left two bystanders wounded.

As WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane reported, police sources said Glenn Broadnax told investigators he was on a death mission as he stumbled into traffic outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal around 10 p.m. on Saturday.

Broadnax, 35, wandered through traffic and pointed his fingers at police like a gun, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.

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In response, two officers fired a total of three shots, which all missed the emotionally disturbed Brooklyn man but struck two female bystanders.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Maki Haberfeld said the department will evaluate the officers’ training and disciplinary records. As a matter of practice, the department always reviews police-involved shootings.

She said recent incidents, like the brutal deadly attack on a soldier in London, serve as a reminder that police officers are on high alert for dangerous individuals.

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“Believe me, this is the biggest nightmare of any police officer: to be forced to shoot in a crowded situation. That’s something that no police officer ever wants to be part of,” Haberfeld told Murnane. “It’s hard to expect police officers to be able to diagnose the person who behaves in an erratic manner, ‘oh, this is just somebody who has some emotional or mental problems’ as opposed to somebody who is going to push a button and explode themselves.”

In a statement, the NYPD reiterated that officers …read more

Source: CBS local New York

    

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