Unarmed Man Charged With Vicarious Assault After NYPD Trying to Shoot Him Missed and Shot Two Women Instead

Abby Zimet

So this happened: A grand jury has charged Glenn Broadnax, an unarmed, emotionally disturbed, possibly suicidal man who in September wandered into traffic in Times Square with felony assault - maximum sentence: 25 years - after NYPD officers opened fire on him in the mistaken belief he had a gun; with their usual stellar markmanship, they instead hit two women, one using a walker. Regardless, the nine-count indictment unsealed this week charged that Broadnax “recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death.” An assistant D.A. concurred, arguing that “the defendant is the one that created the situation that injured innocent bystanders.” Really? On the conduct-creating-a-grave-risk front, many of us would take our chances with Broadnax: Statistically, the NYPD usually requires about 331 rounds to hit 54 targets, of which 14 will be innocent bystanders, 24 will be dogs, and 16 will be people they were actually aiming at. But still: Lookit what Broadnax made them do. Oh, yeah, and did we mention he's black?


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