NYPD Reports Fewer Shootings by Officers; ‘Restraint Is the Norm’


New York City police officers last year shot and killed nine suspects and injured 19 more, the second-lowest annual toll in recent city history, according to a Police Department report.The report concluded that the experiences of the 62 officers last year who fired at suspects demonstrated that “restraint is the norm” in police shootings, says the New York Times. In those 36 separate encounters, more than two-thirds of the officers involved fired five or fewer shots. And more than a quarter fired only a single shot, the report stated. In none of the episodes did the police officers reload.

The 82-page document, known as the annual firearms discharge report, is a compendium of statistics, analyzing everything from shooting stance (60 percent of officers reported firing while standing, while 31 percent of the officers said they fired while moving or struggling with a suspect) to the distances between officers and their targets (53 percent of officers reported that their adversary was less than 15 feet away). One trend identified in the report was that fewer plainclothes officers were involved in shootings than in past years. In 2011, the on-duty shootings involved 34 uniformed officers and just 22 plainclothes officers, “only the second year of a pattern reversal.”

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