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NC woman sues NYPD over Empire State shooting

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A North Carolina college student hit by police gunfire during a shooting outside the Empire State Building argued in a lawsuit Tuesday that the Police Department and the officers involved need better training to deal with such confrontations in the future.

Nine bystanders, including 32-year-old Chenin Duclos, were hit by police bullets, ricochets, and fragments when two officers fired at a man suspected of gunning down a former co-worker outside the Manhattan landmark.

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Duclos said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court that the department and the officers were ‘‘grossly negligent’’ in the way they handled the shooting: firing 16 shots on a crowded street outside one of the world’s largest tourist attractions.

Amy Marion, an attorney representing Duclos in the lawsuit, said the NYPD needs to improve its methods.

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‘‘They consistently fail to properly train employees and officers in the settings they will encounter,’’ she said.

The city’s law department said officers had to make a quick decision in dealing with a life-threatening situation.

‘‘The state’s highest court has recognized that police officers’ split-second decisions to use deadly force must be protected from this kind of second-guessing,’’ said New York City’s corporation counsel, Michael A. Cardozo. ‘‘To allow otherwise would have a chilling effect on the ability of our police to enforce the law and would put the lives of police officers and the public at risk.’’

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Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have said they believe the officers followed proper protocol.

Associated Press

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