Glenn Broadnax, a 35-year-old black man from Brooklyn, was unarmed on the night of September 14 when NYPD officers shot at him in the middle of Times Square, striking two bystanders.
Instead of apologizing, the New York Timesreports that the city has charged Broadnax ”with assault, on the theory that he was responsible for bullet wounds suffered by two bystanders.”
Broadnax was emotionally disturbed and dodging cars in the middle of the street when officers say he reached into his pocket to grab what they believed was a weapon, prompting them to open fire. His lawyers says he was reaching for his wallet.
So, because the NYPD is made up of trigger happy, crappy marksmen who fire at unarmed black people with impunity, Broadnax might spend up to 25 years in prison on trumped up assault charges, which the Manhattan district attorney insisted on.
… Meanwhile, the two cops who did the shooting are on desk duty pending an investigation. If the past is any indication, that means they will be back on the streets in no time.
what the fucking fuck
This baffles me.
Opening fire in Times Square? Insane. And blaming an unarmed black man for being shot at? Actually, that part isn’t surprising. How dare the NYPD and NYC be held accountable for their own actions?
(I think any black guy who is within a 20 foot radius of a police officer with a weapon, and said guy reaches for any compartment on his person, should be granted temporary insanity. Clearly, they are not in their right minds while doing so.)
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