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Two officers with the New York Police Department were on foot patrol when they heard gunfire at around 3 a.m. The officers responded to the scene and found the boy with a 9mm handgun firing shots at a fleeing man, authorities said.
The officers identified themselves as police and ordered him to drop his weapon, authorities said.
When he pointed his gun at them, one of the officers shot him, police said. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two officers had joined the department in January.
For more than seven years, the first assignment for nearly all rookie New York City police officers has been to patrol "impact zones" with the highest crime rates, often on foot and without backup. The program is credited with decreasing crime but has also been blamed for officer burnout and overly aggressive tactics
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by VoidHawk
Hey Mr wabbit, no links?
(horrified gasp) THANK YOU for saying something. The only thing worse than not sourcing a thread is not realizing it until after the edit time on the message has expired. Yikes!
Is it customary to have 2 cops with 8 months or less for time on the job out patrolling TOGETHER without a senior officer with them for support or..frankly, at that stage, training?
Operation Impact, the tactic employed by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly in which new officers are assigned to the most crime-ridden areas of the city, was first instituted in 2003, and has been credited with reducing the city's crime rate. Opponents of the strategy argue that inexperienced officers alienate communities, and that more seasoned cops should be patrolling high crime areas.
Originally posted by Phoenix267
This is what happens when young kids start committing crimes and attacking random people. They're not all cute and innocent. This is reality.
So you don't know who he was shooting at, and you don't know the circumstances, but you're willing to immediately say, without question, that the kid deserved to die?
Originally posted by 200Plus
I'd love to know the "rest of the story". Why was the kid shooting?
Is it customary to have 2 cops with 8 months or less for time on the job out patrolling TOGETHER without a senior officer with them for support
Originally posted by defcon5
Do we know for a fact that they are both rookies?
Cops do job hop, juts like any profession, and they could have had significant experience with another department.