Caught in the Crossfire

By Eric Zanzucchi (@ericzanzucchi)

There’s been a lot made of the fact that in the Empire State Building shooting (hate the name) all the wounded civilians were shot by police. I just don’t understand why this is a story. The perpetrator was wielding a gun. So the two police shot and killed him. This just happened to happen in a big crowd.

The fact that this is a story at all implies that the police did something wrong, which they didn’t. One could argue that maybe they took too many shots or they didn’t focus enough on their accuracy. But if you watch the video the whole thing lasted about ten seconds. The police didn’t have enough time to think, they just reacted. It’s unfortunate that anyone else got harmed, but had the cops not used their guns quickly someone else certainly would have died. People always get concerned that cops are going to use excessive violence because there’s countless cases of that in the past, but this is not one of those cases and there’s video to prove it.

It’s a shame that nine people got wounded and we are lucky that none of them died, but the cops did their job properly in this case.

P.S. You know where I got the title from, right?