Risky police shootouts persist in Miami-Dade

Posted on 1/14/2020 12:38:21 PM

“Experts call them episodes of “sympathetic fire,” “contagious fire” or “bunch shootings” — when one cop fires his gun, the rest open up en masse, so focused on a threat they don’t realize bystanders or fellow cops might be in harm’s way. ... R. Paul McCauley, a criminologist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania who testified often in use-of-force cases. It’s not uncommon for officers, so focused on what’s in front of them, to assume a “circular firing squad” and nearly hit each other.”

—“Risky police shootouts persist in Miami-Dade,”
Yahoo News, Dec. 19, 2019