” In September, New York Police officers responded to an emotionally disturbed man causing a ruckus at a Times Square bus terminal by opening fire on him while they were surrounded by crowds and traffic. They missed him and hit two innocent bystanders (one of whom was in a walker). Police said at the time they thought the man, Glenn Broadnax, was reaching for a gun, but he turned out to be unarmed.
Even though Broadnax was not armed, an indictment unsealed Wednesday is charging him with assault for the injuries caused by police gunfire. From the New York Times:
Initially Mr. Broadnax was arrested on misdemeanor charges of menacing, drug possession and resisting arrest. But the Manhattan district attorney’s office persuaded a grand jury to charge Mr. Broadnax with assault, a felony carrying a maximum sentence of 25 years. Specifically, the nine-count indictment unsealed on Wednesday said Mr. Broadnax “recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death.”
” One of the women shot by the police is absolutely not having it:
Mariann Wang, a lawyer representing Sahar Khoshakhlagh, one of the women who was wounded, said the district attorney should be pursuing charges against the two officers who fired their weapons in a crowd, not against Mr. Broadnax. “It’s an incredibly unfortunate use of prosecutorial discretion to be prosecuting a man who didn’t even injure my client,” she said. “It’s the police who injured my client.”
When we construct a society that grooms it’s citizens to refuse to take responsibility , a lesson consistently demonstrated from the President right on down to the beat cop , this is the end result . Not even the cops with the lousy aim are to blame for wounding bystanders , oh no … it was the “emotionally disturbed” man’s fault .
This is hardly the first time the NYPD have shot up the bystanders . In August of 2012 , Ny city cops fired sixteen rounds on a crowded street , killing the suspect but also wounding nine innocent bystanders . The police record on shooting accuracy leaves a lot to be desired and is an ongoing problem but it seems that law enforcement has come up with a novel way of shifting the blame .
Blaming the victim has become a convenient way of shirking responsibility that reached the highest office in the land and was turned into a reliable self-protective measure by ‘Slick Willie” who’s womanizing always turned out to be the fault of the woman and never Bill’s . The trickle down theory has now spread the “it wasn’t my fault” excuse to everyday life .