Bystander Wounded By Police Gunfire During ESB Shootout Sues NYPD
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A bystander wounded by police gunfire outside the Empire State Building last summer is now suing the New York City Police Department.
Nine people were injured on August 24 when police shot and killed Jeffrey Johnson, an armed gunman who had just murdered a former co-worker.
The attorney for Chenin Duclos, the wounded claimant, claims police were grossly negligent to open fire in the midst of thousands of pedestrians.
The City Law Department says in a statement that the officers made the right decision to shoot the gunman, saying, "The state's highest court has recognized that police officers' split-second decisions to use deadly force must be protected from this kind of second-guessing. To allow otherwise would have a chilling effect on the ability of our police to enforce the law and would put the lives of police officers and the public at risk. We will vigorously defend the officers."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg previously defended the officers' actions as well.