Mayor Calls On NYPD To Change Training Tactics After 2nd Friendly Fire Death

Rich Lamb
October 03, 2019 - 2:34 pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen was the second member of the department to die from friendly fire in 2019.

Now, while the department reviews the shooting, Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for the police department to take a different approach in its training.

The mayor on Thursday noted that he already spoke to Police Commissioner James O’Neill extensively about the friendly fire death of Officer Mulkeen.

“We are going through a full reviews and going to, from that review, determine what needs to change in training,” de Blasio said.

In February, NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen was also shot and killed by friendly fire while responding to a robbery in Queens.

His widow, Leanne, said at the time that the department need to do something about “trigger happy” cops.

“I know her and she's a very good person and she's speaking out of real personal pain. My experience has been very different, over now six years,” Mayor de Blasio said of her calls.

The mayor says that the NYPD shows remarkable restraint but underlined there's a real issue.