|Quoting Mir (Reply 15):|
You're assuming that they were lousy shots, which I think is premature. This was at a very busy street corner at a very busy time of the day, so it's entirely possible that there were just a lot of people around.
In which case, proper training dictates that the police officers do not fire into/through/above the crowd, but close with the suspect until a clear shot is established.
Look, I don't know how much time an NYPD
officer gets on the range and in the classroom concerning shoot/no shoot decisions, but it seems obvious, that if the police officers fired through a crowd to get to this guy, their training is lacking.
If they had clear shots and still missed, hitting civilians, their practical training is lacking.
I wonder if their range training is set-up as a stress situation (moving targets, flashing lights, distractions, noises, etc.) or just standing in the lane at a static paper target at established distances.
I'd certainly be interested to learn more details about the police end of the shootings.
When seconds count...the police are minutes away.