Every day in America, innocent bystanders are are maimed or killed during a police pursuit. Since 1979, thousands of innocent bystanders have been killed and tens of thousands injured as a result of reckless police giving chase to suspects.
The NYPD, in particular, is known for shooting innocent bystanders and then charging their target with the crime.
Another insane example of police recklessly chasing a suspect, comes out of Brooklyn this week after the NYPD gave chase to a robbery suspect.
According to the Daily News,
A gun-toting Brooklyn bandit dodged more than 80 police bullets early Friday in a wild street shootout that began with a botched armed robbery and ended with his arrest, officials said.
Oft-apprehended Jerrol Harris, 27, was busted around 1:10 a.m. when a single bullet — out of 84 fired at him — pierced his calf to end a blocks-long police pursuit through Bushwick, cops said.
The running gun battle came to a head when Harris opened fire with a stolen .45-caliber pistol, discharging at least six shots at two cops using their parked patrol car to cut off his escape route.
Eighty-three bullets fired by police, in a single incident, went into something other than their intended target. Their recklessness is asinine in proportion.
Instead of protecting society by not shooting dozens bullets through city streets, six cops unleashed a fury of gunfire at this man.
Case after case we see innocent people killed by the poor marksmanship of the police. This careless treatment of innocent life to pursue a criminal is a telling sign of the American police state.
In authoritarian societies, the leadership and law enforcement apparatus holds the opposite view of Blackstone’s ratio.
Bismarck, for example, is believed to have stated that “it is better that ten innocent men suffer than one guilty man escape.” Pol Pot made similar remarks.
Wolfgang Schäuble referenced this principle while saying that it is not applicable to the context of preventing terrorist attacks.
Alexander Volokh cites an apparent questioning of the principle, with the tale of a Chinese professor who responds, “Better for whom?”
Former American Vice President Dick Cheney said that his support of American use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” against suspected terrorists was unchanged by the fact that 25% of CIA detainees subject to that treatment were later proven to be innocent, including one who died of hypothermia in CIA custody.
“I’m more concerned with bad guys who got out and released than I am with a few that in fact were innocent.” Asked whether the 25% margin was too high, Cheney responded, “I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective. . . . I’d do it again in a minute.”
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