Unarmed Man Shot At By NYPD Has Been Charged With Assault Because Bullets Hit Bystanders

Dispatches from the Underclass

35-year-old Glenn Broadnax (Ken Murray / New York Daily News) 35-year-old Glenn Broadnax (Ken Murray / New York Daily News)

Glenn Broadnax, a 35-year-old black man from Brooklyn, was unarmed on the night of September 14 when NYPD officers shot at him in the middle of Times Square, striking two bystanders.

Instead of apologizing, the New York Timesreports that the city has charged Broadnax “with assault, on the theory that he was responsible for bullet wounds suffered by two bystanders.”

Broadnax was emotionally disturbed and dodging cars in the middle of the street when officers say he reached into his pocket to grab what they believed was a weapon, prompting them to open fire. His lawyers say he was reaching for his wallet.

So because the NYPD is made up of trigger happy, crappy marksmen who fire at unarmed black people with impunity, Broadnax might spend up to 25 years in prison on trumped up assault charges, which the Manhattan…

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