Two Recent Police Academy Grads Shoot and Kill a 14-Year-Old in the Bronx

Categories: Bronx, Guns

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Early Sunday morning two police officers, both of whom completed their training just last month, shot and killed a 14-year-old boy in south Bronx. The killing is a direct result of the Operation Impact, Commissioner Ray Kelly's policy of deploying the department's greenest members to the most crime-ridden parts of the city.

Reports of the incident state that the two police officers found 14-year-old victim Shaaliver Douse firing a 9mm handgun at another boy, who fled the scene.

The officers told Douse to relinquish the gun, but he refused. Initial reports stated that Douse opened fire on the two cops first, but that has since been debunked. One of the two officers then shot and killed Douse with a single bullet to the jaw.

Douse had a history of gun violence. In May he was charged with attempted murder after shooting another teenage boy in the shoulder, though those charges were dropped after the victim stopped cooperating.

Operation Impact has flooded high-crime neighborhoods with rookie cops since 2003. Commissioner Kelly has touted the program as central to the city's tumbling crime rates.

Of the many obvious flaws in the logic of the program, one deficiency screams the loudest: If Operation Impact is intended to build and solidify a positive relationship between community residents and police, how are new cops given to macho displays of their new power the answer?

Unless, of course, diplomacy is a red herring for Operation Impact's second prong: stop-and-frisk. Interesting definition of "community engagement."

Send your story tips to the author, Raillan Brooks.


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12 comments
Thomas Johnson Jr
Thomas Johnson Jr

...and the hack reporting by the VV continues. News flash : don't let the intern run the social network posts.

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown

Kill or be killed by a FOURTEEN YR OLD WITH A LOADED GUN & LONG RECORD!

Kiki Embryonic
Kiki Embryonic

An ARMED 14 year old who was in the process of SHOOTING someone else. I mean, come the fuck on you guys.

Michael Farrow
Michael Farrow

Seriously people, inform yourselves before you go spewing your ignorant knee-jerk reactions. The NYPD's been completely out of control, yes. But this isn't the story to jump on. Look up this kid's criminal history, AT FOURTEEN. He was out trying to shoot somebody @ 3AM, and then turned the gun on the cops! Not only was it a completely justified & necessary shoot from the police perspective, but it certainly sounds like the world's a better place, and future lives were very likely saved by not having this little douchebag around anymore.

Michael Quinones
Michael Quinones

Another black person killed at the hands of the NYPD. What else is new...Ray Kelly? Bloomberg?

James Martin
James Martin

How did it backfire? They dropped a criminal who was shooting a gun at someone... sounds like a victory to me...

jonathan.nyc
jonathan.nyc topcommenter

This read like a case of a Village Voice writer jumping to conclusions before the facts are in. 

Sort of a stretch to say that the shooting of someone brandishing an illegal weapon is off-base. 

No Wun
No Wun

The kid already had a charge for an attempted murder against him, and was allegedly shooting at someone else when the cops shot him.. If it's true, then I can't say I'll have any sympathy for him

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