Cops Shoot Knife-Wielding Man Near Times Square, Tourists Snap Pics With His Blood

Well this is a disturbing tale: As tourists and New Yorkers made their way down busy Seventh Avenue near Times Square yesterday, NYPD officers chased down and shot to death a Black man who had been wielding a knife.

Original reports said 51-year-old Darrius Kennedy had a machete, though the weapon has now been downgraded. Kennedy reportedly lunged at the cops with the knife, and the police shot at him 12 times.

The Postreports that tourists went wild with their cell phone cameras as the chase took place and came to a gruesome conclusion:

“It’s amazing. It’s like, ‘Oh, my God!’ That’s so different than what we’re used to. It’s so gross,” said Abby Smith, 25, of the Scottish city of Edinburgh, which averages fewer than a dozen murders a year.

Smith giddily snapped photo after photo of her traveling pal, Scott Ramsey, standing over the blood to show the folks back home.

A German tourist named Alex, 18, also took a picture of the gruesome new hot spot — even as he wondered why no one had cleaned up the blood 24 hours after cops had gunned down Darrius Kennedy, 51, in a hail of bullets.

So many questions: Why did the police shoot this man in the middle of a tourist-packed area (the officers reportedly pepper-sprayed him, but is it protocol to go from pepper spraying to gunfire)? What is wrong with those people who were taking giddy cell phone pictures, like a shooting in NYC is the ultimate American experience to show off back home? And what does it say about us as a culture that visitors associate shootings so strongly with our city/country?

Here's video via the Daily News, if you must.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at August 13, 2012, 8:29am

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