The NYPD has released its Annual Firearms Discharge Report for 2007. NYPD’s tracking began in 1971; that year, 2,113 NYPD shots in 810 incidents struck 314 people, 93 of them fatally; for 2007, NYPD recorded 588 shots fired by cops in 111 incidents, striking 29 people, 10 of them fatally. The great majority of 2007 police discharges were in “adversarial” situations in which police confronted armed “subjects.” Last year 10 officers and auxiliary officers were shot, three of them fatally.
Numbers are fairly stable across most categories in this decade. The number of shots fired was up from last year (541), but the report notes that 136 of these went off during a single “long gunfight” in Brooklyn, and 39 of the incidents were in response to attacks by dogs (a 30 percent increase from 2006). There were 12 “unlawful” discharges, three of which “resulted in the arrest and suspension of the officer involved,” three by “unauthorized” persons, and six suicides.
The NYPD praises its officers restraint and its own training and investigative processes throughout the report. Newsday notes the report includes “the race of suspects shot at by police officers, a category that had been eliminated from the yearly reports after four officers shot an unarmed Amadou Diallo in the Bronx in 1999.” A police spokesman told Newsday this had nothing to do with an ACLU lawsuit requesting the data.
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