A Police Officers Two Cents – Bystanders Wounded By Police During the Empire State Building Shooting

Author: August 26, 2012 8:00 am

It’s unfortunate that people are quickly rushing to judge the NYPD Officers involved in the Empire State Building shooting. I caution people to not rush to judgment. What anyone who has been in a high stress situation such as an active shooter/combat situation can tell you is that things never go as planned. Basic human physiology robs a person in such critical incidents, of the ability to calmly breath aim and shoot in the same manner as they would on a gun range. Add to that the fact that firing a shot in a heavily populated area is very dangerous and there is no amount of training that can reduce that risk completely.

I can promise you, as a police officer, that these officers did not go to work planning to wound bystanders.  Furthermore, I find it doubtful that they had no concern for the people in the immediate vicinity of the shooting. These officers found themselves in a deadly force situation and did their job to the best of their ability. It is very unfortunate that in the real world there is often collateral damage in such encounters. The actions set in motion by the suspect will continue to inflict collateral damage as the wounded as well as the police officers involved will no doubt struggle with this both physically and emotionally for years to come.I support, and I urge you to support these NYPD officers.  I sincerely hope that people use restraint in judging these officers because it really does cause officers in similar future circumstances to hesitate in situations where hesitation will cost further loss of life. My heart goes out to the wounded and to the officers involved.


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People are quickly rushing to judge the NYPD Officers involved in the Empire State Building shooting. I caution people to not rush to judgment. What anyone who has been in a high stress situation such as an active shooter/combat situation can tell you is that things never go as planned. Basic human physiology robs a person of the ability to calmly breath aim and shoot in the same way as they would on a gun range. Add to that the fact that firing a shot in a heavily populated area is very dangerous and there is no amount of training that can alleviate that risk completely.

I can promise you, as a police officer, that these officers whom I’ve never met, did not go to work planning to wound bystanders. These officers found themselves placed in a deadly force situation and did their job to the best of their ability. It is very unfortunate that in the real world there is often collateral damage in any such encounter. The actions set in motion by the suspect will continue to inflict collateral damage as the wounded as well as the police officers involved will no doubt struggle with this both physically and emotionally for years to come.

The Progressive Cop both supports and urges you to support these NYPD officers. I sincerely hope that the judging ends because it does cause officers in future circumstances to hesitate in situations where hesitation can cost further loss of life. My heart goes out to the wounded and to the officers involved.

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