“The New York Police Department said that in the midst of the sting, a suspect pulled a gun on the undercover officer, stole the cash changing hands in the transaction and ran,” nytimes.com reports. “When the officer opened fire, police officials and witnesses said, he shot the suspect, but he also hit Mr. Kumi, 61, who was walking to retrieve his van from a nearby repair shop.” And killed him. The police “excuse” for the negligent discharge: the dealer in question pointed a gun at an officer as he fled. (You gonna argue wit dat?) New York’s Finest didn’t just fire ONE stray bullet . . .
Terrance Raynor, the Mount Vernon police commissioner, said that several vehicles had been struck by bullets during the shooting and that one had gone through the front door of a nearby home. An employee of a nearby business, Renzo Auto Body, said gunfire had come through its windows as well. “Things went awry, and shots were fired,” Commissioner Raynor said . . .
Tony Isles, who lives near the scene of the shooting, ran to the window after he heard two bursts of gunfire on the street nearby, he said.
“It was a ton of shots,” he said. “Bap, bap, bap, bap, bap, bap! Then it stopped, and then bap, bap, bap, bap again. I couldn’t count how many shots because it was such rapid fire.” . . .
A woman who lives near the shooting scene said she had been inside her home with the windows open when she heard between 10 and 12 gunshots. She said the neighborhood had problems in the past with drugs and guns, and declined to give her name because she was afraid of retribution.
Seems to me the [disarmed] community is living in fear, of both the bad guys and the police (you know; given these events). Anway, the cops eventually apprehended the dealer. Jeffrey Aristy was caught in possession of the money the cops used for the “sting” and . . . wait for it . . . a replica .45.
The Times article puts the anti-gun cops’ negligent discharge in the context of “it’s a dangerous job but someone’s got to do it.” Such as calling Mr. Kumi’s death at the hands of government agents one of “the hazards of the job.” The fact that NYPD’s average “hit rate” is 18 percent – that 82 percent of shots fired miss their target – doesn’t get a look in. Nope. The Times’ focus is on the task and hand the dangers faced by the boys in blue.
The risks must be endured, police officials say, because illegal guns are a scourge, used in many of the shootings and homicides that occur in the city. Last year, the Firearms Investigations Unit was involved in at least 15 significant gun-sale investigations in New York. One of those inquiries led to the arrest of Michael Quick, a dealer from Georgia, who authorities say sold over 150 firearms, including assault weapons, to an undercover officer. Last week, Mr. Quick was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
The unit removed about 1,100 illegal firearms from the city’s streets in 2014, mostly by making undercover purchases, the police said.
Mistakes, while rare, can be deadly.
In 2003, a series of missteps during an undercover gun buy on Staten Island led to the deaths of two detectives with the Firearms Investigations Unit, James V. Nemorin, 36, and Rodney J. Andrews, 34. The detectives were forced to allow two of the buyers to sit behind them in their car, leaving them vulnerable to a surprise attack. They were then diverted from their planned route into hilly, unfamiliar terrain. At one point, the detectives lost contact with the four units meant to provide backup.
So the NYPD’s elite unit relies on badly-crafted stings where innocents and cops get shot but removes a thousand guns from the streets of New York (rather than remove criminals who use them). Are you OK with all this?
[h/t DJ Lang]