A mentally disturbed man is facing up to 25 years in jail for assault via shooting two spectators in NYC, despite the fact he didn’t shoot a weapon or even own a gun. Glenn Broadnax created a disturbance in Times Square by walking into traffic and even throwing himself at oncoming cars. But when the man put his hands in his pockets as police arrived the scene, cops opened fire and shot two innocent bystanders with their errant bullets before finally taking him down with a taser.
Shockingly, Broadnax was given a felony charge for the two shootings by a grand jury. Shannon Lucey of the NY District Attorney’s Office claimed the man “recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death” and later told the New York Times that Broadnax “created the situation that injured innocent bystanders.”
But not even the shooting victims wanted to see Broadnax prosecuted for shooting, instead hoping he would be charged with a few misdemeanors as originally planned. Mariann Wang, a lawyer representing Sahar Khoshakhlagh, one of the women who was wounded, said the man shouldn’t have been charged with anything. “It’s an incredibly unfortunate use of prosecutorial discretion to be prosecuting a man who didn’t even injure my client,” she said. “It’s the police who injured my client.”
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has not publicly responded to the sentencing, which is ironic given that the state has some of the country’s strictest gun control laws. He recently stated that safety concerns were the reason he didn’t want “to have everyone carrying a gun. The NYPD are the only people we want on the street carrying guns.”