NYPD Under Scrutiny
[The Rand Corp. research group has been hired to review the New York Police Department]’s training and use of firearms. Commissioner Ray Kelly announced that their focus will be on officers’ responses in “highly stressful” situations. Oh, like stressful situation: Approaching some unarmed men outside a bar in Queens. Officers’ response: Firing 50 bullets. But that probably has nothing to do with this study. The head researcher, K. Jack Riley, explained that some focus will be placed on the department’s practice of using computer simulation for shooting scenarios. Ahh, could there be a link between playing violent video games and excessive use of firearms? We shall see. Apparently, the study will take about six months and cost about $500 grand, to be paid by a private fundraising foundation.
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