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NYPD Cops Should Have Ducked for Cover, Attorney Says

January 13, 2011  | 

Two NYPD officers who fatally shot a crazed man who was swinging a metal chair should have ducked for cover rather than firing, an agency attorney said.

Officers Dawn Ortiz and India Archie were cleared of wrongdoing in 2008 by a police firearms review board soon after the shooting. However, Rita Bieniewicz, a prosecutor in the legal bureau, laid out the tougher disciplinary case against the cops in detail last week in an internal document, reports the New York Daily News.

Ortiz told investigators she had backed up as far as she could due to a row of shrubs behind her in a Coney Island parking lot on Nov. 13, 2008, when she fired one shot at rampaging Gilbert Blanco, 45. Bieniewicz contended the cop had better options.

Read the full story at NYDailyNews.com.


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