3:13 pm Aug. 28, 2012
Asked today about the conduct of the NYPD officers who responded to the Empire State Building shooting, in which all nine bystanders who were wounded were hurt by shots fired by police officers, the mayor took issue with the very question.
"The fact that you can even ask the question, I just don't understand where you're coming from," he said.
Last week, police officers shot and killed Jeffrey Johnson, the alleged murderer of Steven Ercolino, in front of the Empire State Building, after Johnson pulled a gun on them.
Nine bystanders were also injured by bullets and other shrapnel.
"Let me ask you this, miss," said Bloomberg, during a press conference at a probation center. "Somebody pointed a gun at you, and you had a gun in your pocket, what would you do? I think that answers the question."
"The police commissioner's looked at it," he continued. "They acted more than appropriately. I've seen the film. The guy turned, pointed his gun at the two police officers. And you can really ask that question after that? It's sad that anybody else was injured, but that's what happens unfortunately when you fire and there's stone around. Bullets hit, [fragments] ricochet."
More by this author:
- Bloomberg doesn't remember threatening a taxi kingpin
- Bloomberg, dancing around Weiner, says the next mayor should have 'good character'