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Unarmed Man Charged After Cops Shoot Two Bystanders in Times Square


12.05.13 Andy Cush

Back in September, NYPD officers opened fire on Glenn Broadnax, a crazed but unarmed man, missing and hitting two innocent bystanders instead. Now, Broadnax is being charged with assault for their injuries, with the District Attorney’s office arguing that he is responsible for the shots cops fired.

“The defendant is the one that created the situation that injured innocent bystanders,” assistant DA Shannon Lucey said of the incident.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the officers who actually shot the two innocent people are simply being put on administrative jobs. Mariann Wang, attorney to one of the women who were shot, isn’t happy. “It’s an incredibly unfortunate use of prosecutorial discretion to be prosecuting a man who didn’t even injure my client,” she said. “It’s the police who injured my client.”

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