Annette Robinson, a Democratic Assemblywoman from Brooklyn, has proposed a law in Albany which would require cops to shoot a gun-toting suspect in the arm or leg rather than in the torso, where a wound would have a higher chance of being fatal.
This bill has the support of fellow Assembly member Darryl Towns, also a Democrat from Brooklyn.
The bill has its opponents. Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes said, "Police are not champion marksmen. It's unrealistic to think cops can shoot someone in the leg in the heat of the moment."
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly agrees with Hynes: "[The bill] makes no sense to anyone who knows anything about law enforcement."
Personally, I think the law is still inhumane. I think cops should be required to shoot the gun out of the suspect's hands -- without nicking his fingers.
Anything more than that would clearly be police brutality.