The number of people fatally shot by New York City police officers this year has hit 13, up from nine in 2005, reports the New York Daily News. At the same time, fewer cops are firing fewer bullets, and New York isn’t even close to having the deadliest police force among big cities. At least eight major cities, including Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Miami, had more fatal police shootings this year, said police spokesman Paul Browne.
In the 1990s, New York had an average of 25 people fatally shot by cops every year, but those numbers are down dramatically. Cops killed 13, 14 and 11 people in 2002, 2003 and 2004, respectively. The total number of shots fired by city cops this year, including the 50 in the Sean Bell case, is 523, a 13 percent drop from last year. The number of cops in shooting incidents is down 9 percent, to 148 from 162.