Two unrelated police shootings that took place Monday night in Brooklyn and the Bronx are being investigated by authorities. These incidents come at a time when citizens across the country are questioning the actions of police officers, especially when they result in citizen deaths.
According to the New York Times, the first shooting occurred in Brooklyn at an apartment building at 820 Ocean Parkway in the Kensington neighborhood. Police rushed to the scene after receiving a call that a woman was being attacked by a man with a knife in the building. When they arrived, police officers found a 51-year-old man with severe stab wounds and a 47-year-old man holding a knife.
The 47-year-old man with the knife was shot by police officers and pronounced dead at the scene, while the other man was taken to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead later that night.
A woman and two children, ages six and seven, were also in the apartment when the police arrived at the scene. Police officers reported that the woman and children had locked themselves in the bathroom when one of the men tried to break into the apartment. It is believed that one man was the woman’s current boyfriend and the other was her ex.
Neighbors in the apartment complex were shocked at the events that took place, stating that car accidents are usually the only thing that bring police to their neighborhood.
In an unrelated incident that took place less than two hours earlier in the Bronx, a 19-year-old man sustained minor injuries after being shot in the elbow by police. Officers at the scene said they came upon the man shooting a handgun at East 145th Street and College Avenue. The man then charged at the two officers with the gun pointed in their direction. The officers indicated that they fired when they saw the gun. The man was later taken to the hospital to receive treatment for his elbow.
No camera footage was available from either scene, as none of the officers from either incident were equipped with cameras, an issue that is becoming a greater concern for agencies across the nation.
While 72% of state and highway police vehicles are equipped with in-car cameras, local police agencies have not traditionally fitted either patrol cars or officers with video recording equipment. However, following the controversial events of the police shooting in Ferguson, MO, many more law enforcement offices are beginning to require either body or car cameras.
While no witnesses have come out to contest the validity of either of the police shootings in New York City this week, law enforcement officials are still investigating the two incidents.