NYPD Quietly Revises Its Deadly Force Policy

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The NYPD has quietly revised its Patrol Guide to add a clause that gives officers more leeway in the use of deadly force, despite currently dealing with fallout from a police shooting that left an unarmed teen dead in the Bronx. The revision is based on a 2010 New York Court of Appeals ruling which stated that the decision to fire a gun should be left to an individual officer's discretion.

The ruling threw out a lawsuit by Tammy Johnson, who was hit by a stray bullet when police began shooting at an armed robber in Harlem. Johnson had her 18-month-old daughter with her at the time.

However, in that case, the court ruled that officers violated no NYPD guidelines. In response, NYPD has revised the Patrol Guide to reflect the court's decision. Officers are now instructed that they shouldn't fire their weapons if, "in their professional judgment," innocent bystanders run the risk of being hurt.

But since "professional judgment" is vaguely defined as "based not only upon experience as an individual but taking into account the knowledge, experience and training gained through employment as a police officer," the new policy actually gives cops more leeway if they choose to fire their guns.

The revision comes just as NYPD is dealing with public fallout from the death of Ramarley Graham. A narcotics cop shot and killed the teenager in his home earlier this month, incensing the community and attracting national scrutiny. The officers say that they believe Graham had a weapon, but he was in fact unarmed.

[ keyana.stevens@keyanastevens]

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joedoakes202
joedoakes202

"In order to become a police officer and remain one, one must have and continue to live on the right side of the law and pass psychological testing.  They must train for dangerous and unpredictable situations that they will most likely face alone.  The men and women of the thousands of police departments risk their lives to enforce the law while simultaneously respecting the constitutional rights of citizens so that the law abiding can live freely.   Every day hundreds of thousands of police officers kiss their wives and children goodbye; put on twenty to forty pounds of gear including a loaded weapon, and earnestly set forth to enforce the law and protect the public, sometimes even protecting a citizen from his or her own stupidity; all the while knowing that for a handful of officers this will be the last day they ever see their children, wife or husband on this earth."

Please support your local police force in any way you can.  They are there for you, and to protect your community.

navyjet
navyjet

You are an idiot.   Americans are really stupid; they have to be the dumbest people on earth.  At least in the former Soviet Union and East Germany the people KNEW they were being lied to and spoon feed propaganda. 

bghs1986
bghs1986

You do realize that this load of nonsense is no longer believed by an educated, intelligent public, right? "all the while knowing that for a handful of officers this will be the last day they ever see their children, wifte or husband on this earth."  The trash collector has a greater probability of losing his life on the job than a police officer. The reality is the majority of police officers die each year because of, how did you put it, 'his or her on stupidity."

And since I count point to dozens of examples of police officers keeping their jobs even after they have been found to be living on the 'wrong side of the law,' it seems there is not a single factual statement in your post.

Ryan4233
Ryan4233

"The trash collector has a greater probability of losing his life on the job than a police officer." how does one come to this idiotic statement. these officers dont die because of their stupidity, officers get put in compromising situations all the time, they deal with the drug addicts, the violent offenders, the unruly public. the majority of the problem is the lack of respect for officers. just because there are examples of bad cops doesnt make them all bad. your entire post is ignorant and uneducated

bghs1986
bghs1986

Ryan4233...One comes to that statement in the exact same way as the Bureau of Labor Statistics does. It counts the number of deaths each year in specific job fields. Compares that number with the total number of workers in the industry and comes up what percentage of people in that job die at work. The higher percentage, the higher the chances of any given worker dying on the job. In other words, I used BASIC MATH. For every 100,000 police officers in the US, less that twenty will die on the job. Nearly twice as many sanitation workers will meet the same fate. FYI Fishermen and Loggers have more than 500% greater chance of dying on the job that cops do.

Sad thing is, this information is not hidden. It easily found with a basic Google search. That was all you had to do before you called me "ignorant and uneducated" simply because I am better educated on this matter than you are. Since you were too ignorant to find this information yourself, I give you this http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/c...

ClintJCL
ClintJCL

Pigs kill us with our tax dollars.

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