People make mistakes. While some people expect that police officers will always make good decisions, that is an unreasonable expectation. A recent incident with a New York police officer shows that cops can make mistakes just like anyone else.
The incident occurred when a 58-year-old detective from the 75th Precinct was showing off a gun to his partner at the beginning of their shift. The gun went off and the on-duty detective ended up shooting his partner in the wrist. The detective, who has 31 years of experience on the police force, drove his partner to the hospital. The man, who has been a police officer for 16 years, had to have surgery on his wrist and is said to be in stable condition.
The detective who accidentally shot his partner was said to have had bloodshot eyes when they reached the hospital. He reportedly refused to take a Breathalyzer test when he was taken to the 112th Precinct. His blood-alcohol level was reported to be at .113. He was released on his own recognizance after he was arraigned on a drunk driving charge. The incident is being investigated by internal affairs.
Mistakes will happen to everyone. Some mistakes are worse than others. In this case, the officer accidentally shot his partner in the wrist. Luckily, his partner wasn’t critically injured. Now, the detective has to deal with an internal affairs investigation, as well as a criminal case. Individuals who are facing the serious consequences of a drunk driving charge should make sure that they respond properly to the charges in an attempt to minimize the consequences.
Source: AM New York, “Cop charged with drunk driving after accidently shooting partner” Alison Fox, Apr. 24, 2014