National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

NY Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Driver

From today’s New York Times:

A New York police detective shot and killed an unarmed man, whose hands, a witness said, were on the steering wheel of his Honda, after he had been pulled over early Thursday for cutting off two police trucks on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens, the authorities said.

The shooting, which occurred at 5:15 a.m., was the latest in a series of episodes in which police officers fatally shot or wounded civilians. While the Police Department had explanations in the other instances, it could not immediately provide one for the shooting on Thursday.

Note this:

In all police-involved shootings, investigators are barred from talking to the officers who fired their weapon to prevent them from later claiming immunity from prosecution for what they said in an interview.

So all the witnesses are interviewed–except the officer that fired his weapon?  That’s a policy that needs to change.  When a civilian is involved in a shooting, detectives are anxious  to question him/her right away.  There’s no good reason for treating officers any differently.

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