NYC Police, Many Of Them Rookies, Fire 50 Bullets In 10 Days


New York City police officers have fired more than 50 bullets in the last 10 days – wounding at least three people and killing two dogs, says the New York Daily News. Most of the cops involved in seven shootings dating back to July 16 have fewer than two years on the force. “That’s not unusual,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly of the proportion of rookies involved in shootings. “Those are the cops who are out on the streets.”

Kelly said the NYPD has hired 13,000 cops since 2002 and has assigned many of them to patrol duties. They often work at night in high-crime areas. Some veteran cops said the the rookies’ inexperience could be dangerous in tough neighborhoods. “The problem is that we have all these raw kids out on the streets,” said a city cop with 22 years on job. “Experienced officers know how to handle situations so they don’t have to fire [their guns].” The number of shots fired by cops is down 22 percent so far this year. Last year, cops fired 616 shots, a startling 75 percent increase from 352 fired in the previous year. Officials call the increase a statistical blip. Maki Haberfeld, who heads the department of law and police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, agreed, saying: “This is statistically insignificant. There are 37,000 cops here.”


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