GEM: In the threat management course I am taking, the instructor had a statistic showing that it is common for an officer involved in a shooting to empty his/her clip. There are two reasons for this:
- They are trained to fire until the perp is stopped. Even a well placed shot from a pistol will rarely drop someone in their tracks. It takes about ten seconds for the physiological effects of the shot to be disabling. As Van sensei recommends, two to center of mass, and one more to .....
- Unlike what you see on TV/Movies, unless you get a head shot, you really cannot be certain that you did even hit the person. This is especially true if it is cold and a lot of clothing is worn. The blood really does not spurt out all over. So, they continue to fire.
We had a recent event near here where a bad guy with a large knife charged a policeman in a Wal-Mart. The officer fell back and discharged his clip into the fruit drinks, snacks and ceiling as he landed. As the felon continued the charge, another officer shot him, which did pacify the gent.
So, are the NY police bad guys? Maybe they WERE responding to their training.