The New York Police Department attracted yet more scrutiny in September, when police opened fire on an unarmed and seemingly unstable man who was weaving between cars in a busy Times Square intersection. Police missed their target, but shot two women nearby. Now, the city is blaming the officers’ botched shootings on the unarmed man, Glenn Broadnax, who has been charged with assault.
The indictment released on Wednesday accused Broadnax of being
“recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death.” The
two officers who actually pulled the trigger are still being
investigated by the district attorney’s office. If he is convicted for
the police shooting, Broadnax, 35, could be in prison for up to 25
Broadnax’s attorney told the New York Times he cannot be held
responsible for the officers’ actions, since he “never imagined his
behavior would ever cause the police to shoot at him.” Indeed, at the
time of the incident, many questioned if pulling a gun on an unarmed man
in one of the busiest areas in the city was a necessary call. Nor was
this the first time New York officers missed their target; in one high
profile instance, police also shot nine bystanders while trying to take down a gunman outside the Empire State Building last year.