The video shared by the NYPD on Saturday night features four officers attempting to subdue and arrest a violent criminal. One officer was shot in the ankle, and no officers fired at the assailant.
You may see this as a good thing: that police were so careful and restrained that one took a bullet before they were able to subdue this suspect.
Or you may see it as a bad thing: that police are so afraid of being pilloried and hung out to dry for doing their job protecting citizens and each other that they have to get shot before they can even finish arresting someone.
However you see that aspect, you cannot deny that the arrest of this known gang hoodlum who has 25 PRIOR ARRESTS — at least — showed exactly what the NYPD says it showed. Remarkable restraint.
Last night, officers from the @NYPD42Pct were on patrol when they spotted an individual with a firearm. A fierce struggle for the gun ensued, leading to a lieutenant being shot in the ankle. The officers did not return fire as they made the arrest & recovered the loaded gun. pic.twitter.com/lkylEBieLn
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 31, 2021
It feels like one of those moments that are good for discussion in the comments below rather than me just opining. So please do…