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Councilman Show-Boating Over Fatal Police Shooting

Councilman Show-Boating Over Fatal Police Shooting

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

October 05, 2010

NEW YORK – It took just eight hours after Sunday’s shooting by police of 24-year-old Emmanuel Paulino for Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez to stand with Paulino’s mother and demand “justice and a clear investigation.”

While Rodriguez insists he supports the good work of the NYPD and was not rushing to judgment, his presence lent credence to accusations that cops used unnecessary force in firing on the disturbed and knife-wielding Paulino.

No matter the evidence to the contrary, these days friends and family members almost invariably charge that police went over the line in killing their loved ones. This is understandable. Emotions do cloud judgment.

But public officials must be more reasoned so as not to add to corrosive perceptions that the cops are callous, out-of-control cowboys. Public officials must draw clear distinctions between those bad shootings that do happen and tragedies that were forced upon the police.

Suggesting by vague inference that a death might, just might, be part of a pattern of police misconduct is the politically expedient thing to do. Looking carefully at the facts is much harder.

Such as the fact that Paulino called 911, saying, “I want you to call the cops ‘cause I’m ready to kill. … I’m ready to kill some cops right now.”

Or the fact that, when the police arrived, they found a young man brandishing a knife that he refused to drop.


Ydanis Rodriguez

Or the fact that cops tried to stun Paulino with a Taser before he threw off the electric darts and allegedly kept advancing, knife in hand.

That’s when cops shot and Paulino died.

Rodriguez seems less concerned with the sum total of these facts, which reflect not so wonderfully on Paulino, than with the NYPD’s failure to somehow rush a psychologist to the scene in time to, in theory, counsel the raging and suicidal Paulino into dropping his knife.

“Who responded? Which unit responded?” asks Rodriguez.

The call was strong evidence, he says, that Paulino was mentally disturbed, and required special care: “No one who is stable in their mind would call and say he or she would kill a cop when all they had was a 4-inch knife.”

Of course, not. Paulino was deranged. And that’s why he’s dead. He gave the cops no choice.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Let me Guess, Rodriguez is a Liberal Democrat.

  • Cuffs_badge_gun_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    It doesn't take much of an edged-weapon to kill. I don't care if it was 4 inches or twentyfour, you're still dead either way. They already tried the less-than-lethal alternatives, to which were met with futile results, at this point one has no choice in the matter.

  • Marvin_max50


    over 4 years ago


    politicians can be such scum bags, bet its an election year. they will stop at nothing to get elected. I stand behind the brothers and sisters of the NYPD.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    A politician looks forward to votes. A statesman looks forward to the future. Just mybe the Police did it right.
    After 10,000 explanations a fool will be no wiser Councilman Rodriquez.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Bump PETE114 and MN108.

  • Stmaarten2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    thanks retleo!!! but id like to point out a line from that article...."But public officials must be more reasoned so as not to add to corrosive perceptions that the cops are callous, out-of-control cowboys"....bloody politicians. this is what you get when councilmen are stupid and try to "be one with their community".......good job officer........this moron might not stand behind you but we certainly do

  • Heather_s_stud__3__max50


    over 4 years ago


    It never ceases to amaze me what a politician will do to get face time (or print) from someone else's tragedy. And, let me ask a question. If this was Average Joe Whiteguy with a knife, who made that kind of call, would Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez be standing with the family questioning the NYPD's tactics and doubting whether they took appropriate force? NO !!!!!!!! Mr Rodriguez needs to walk a mile in our shoes before he opens his pie hole and questions how we do our job. Like it's been said before, bring a knife to a gun fight and see what happens. Good job to New York's Finest.

  • Badge__hat_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Dumb ass politician. He knows nothing.

  • Thinker_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Why doesn't the councilman call for a Beer Summit to resolve the issue?

    Just another ignorant politician speaking out of his butt getting free press time and creating controversy...

  • Donut_max50


    over 4 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Hooray to the Daily News for publishing this editorial.

  • Img_20111016_163737_max50


    over 4 years ago


    sounds like another idiot trying to make a name for himself.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Bump Pete114. Thanks Retleo.

  • Th_detective_max50


    over 4 years ago


    FLHTom has been shown the door, don't waste your time with any more posts about him.
    Retleo (Moderator #8)

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I noticed from the profile page of FLHTom,he has no friends yet.What a shocker.Could it possibly be due to his obvious personality defects?

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