New York City police officers shot two women while chasing a man who was dodging in and out of traffic last night in an apparent attempt to get hit by a car in New York City's very busy Times Square, according to CNN, September 15, 2013. The thirty-five year-old man allegedly pointed his fingers at officers, mimicking that the fingers were a gun and pretending to shoot at officers. The man did not actually have a weapon of any type, only his fingers as they were taken out of his pocket and pointed at officers.
Two women, ages 35 and 54, were shot by the officers as they attempted to shoot the man, apparently in self-defense from the fingers which were being used by the man to mimic a gun. One woman was shot in the knee and another in the buttocks. Both women were taken to a local hospital and treated for their wounds.
The man who was the subject of this shooting, was Tasered when police finally caught up with him and admitted to a hospital as an "emotionally disturbed person," according to the CNN article.
This latest inadvertent police shooting brings forth memories of other blatant acts of indiscriminate police behavior, such as the February 15, 2010 shooting of Oscar Grant by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police in Oakland, California and the mass pepper spraying of unarmed, peacefully demonstrating, young college students at the University of California, Davis campus on November 18, 2011. In those cases, the officers involved were subject to disciplinary action.
There was no mention in the CNN article of any pending or even contemplated disciplinary action against the NYC (New York City) police officers, although the incident is reported to be "under investigation."
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