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Article posted Dec 06 2013, 5:51 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: RT USA Print

Unarmed Man Charged With Wounding Bystanders Shot By NYPD Officers

by RT

In the latest turn to a developing case an unarmed man involved in an altercation with New York City police near Times Square, which resulted in the shooting of two bystanders, the district attorney’s office is holding him responsible for their injuries.

According to an indictment unsealed on Wednesday Glenn Broadnax, 35, of Brooklyn, NY, has been charged with assault over the September 14 incident which left many wondering whether the use of force by police in a crowded area was justified.

He began wading into busy lanes of traffic in the bustling Times Square area, drawing a crowd and the attention of police officers who attempted to contain Mr. Broadnax, a 250-pound man described as emotionally disturbed.

Under the assumption that he was armed, two officers opened fire when Broadnax reached into his pants pockets, instead hitting two women bystanders. The bullets struck a 54-year-old woman in the knee and grazed another 35-year-old woman.

Broadnax was then subdued when an officer shot him with a Taser gun.

Video and photos released of the scene depicted a chaotic situation, with a group of officers attempting to corral Broadnax while onlookers yelled at police not to shoot him.

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center for evaluation, where, according to a court document, Broadnax told a detective that “he was talking to dead relatives in his head and that he tried throwing himself in front of cars to kill himself.” A psychiatrist later found him competent to stand trial, reports The New York Times.

Though he was initially facing misdemeanor charges of drug possession, resisting arrest and menacing, the district attorney’s office successfully argued in front of a grand jury to charge Broadnax with assault, with a maximum sentence of 25 years.

According to assistant district attorney Shannon Lucey, it was Broadnax “that created the situation that injured innocent bystanders.”

The nine-count indictment alleges he “recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death.”

A lawyer representing one of the women struck by an officer’s bullet, Mariann Wang, disagrees with the district attorney, saying that it should be the two officers who fired their weapons who should be facing charges.

“It’s an incredibly unfortunate use of prosecutorial discretion to be prosecuting a man who didn’t even injure my client,” said Wang. “It’s the police who injured my client.”

Broadnax’s lawyer, Rigodis Appling, said his client suffered from clinical depression and anxiety, and was disoriented during his encounter with the police.

“Mr. Broadnax never imagined his behavior would ever cause the police to shoot at him,” said Appling.

The two police officers who shot and struck members of the crowd still face an internal Police Department Inquiry and were placed on administrative duty, reports The Times.

The September event quickly drew critics to cite another high profile incident in August of 2012, when nine bystanders were injured by bullets fired by NYPD officers involved in a confrontation with a gunman near the Empire State Building.

Police guidelines instruct officers to avoid endangering innocent people, though they are permitted to use deadly force if they judge themselves to be in imminent threat of serious injury or death.

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Posted: Dec 06 2013, 8:53 AM

68107 proof the cops can do no wrong and will abuse the justice system to cover their asses to avoid responsablity for their own stupidity and the law suit that is coming if prosicution can pull this one off,

Posted: Dec 06 2013, 11:43 AM

82145 US prosecutors need to be given an enema , they are seriously constipated with BULLSHIT !
Also says a lot about the grand jury system , you are right Dougo , LEOs can do no wrong . Imagine how it must feel to be able to commit any crime , including murder , with complete impunity , only a psychopath would get off on the power-trip , but then isn't that what ALL LEOs are now . Any decent cops have long since been weeded out as "not fit for purpose" & we all know the true purpose of law enforcement in Amerika today , here's a hint , it has nothing to do with protecting & serving !

Posted: Dec 06 2013, 11:45 AM

5029 This sets a dangerous precedence if the disturbed individual is convicted of the crimes carried out by the reckless LEOs. Police will be able to justifiably kill and injure anyone when in pursuit of a suspect - without any regard to their own accountability and conduct.

Think about this. If your dwelling is raided, cops could potentially kill and maim your loved ones in pursuit of your arrest and then charge YOU with their murders/assaults. The already unconstrained procedural limits of police actions will be completely eroded - it'll be a free-for-all no holds barred anything goes enforcement mentality - and will set the the stage for summary executions, personal/official reprisals etc. Picture the SS joining forces with Russian Mob - that's the type of police we as a society will have to deal with.

Hey People, tyranny doesn't desist or recede - it only increases with time in severity and intensity until it encounters equal resistance and/or collapses upon the weight of its own parasitic existence - taking the whole of society down with it.

Posted: Dec 06 2013, 8:25 PM

98198 Street justice & rise of the vigilante = the people's only solution to corrupt cops in a now corrupt nation.


Posted: Dec 09 2013, 2:13 PM

108242 Street justice & other acts by citizens in organized militias, groups and etc will most definitely be used to engage the enemies of our Country, Constitution & Liberty in the new and upcoming 2nd Civil War.
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