Thursday, November 30, 2006
A contagious shooting or "mass reflexive response" is "gunfire that spreads among officers who believe that they, or their colleagues, are facing a threat. It spreads like germs, like laughter, or fear."
Incidents: 2006 Five officers fired 50 rounds at Sean Bell who was leaving his bachelor party in New York, including 31 by one detective;
2006; Three officers fired 26 shots at a pit bull that had bitten a chunk out of an officer’s leg in the Bronx, New York in July; 2005 Eight officers fired 43 shots at Brian Allen, an armed man, in Queens, New York killing him; 1999 Five officers fired 50 rounds at Amadou Diallo, an unarmed man in the Bronx, New York on February 4, 1999; 1998 New Jersey State Police fired 11 shots at Daniel Reyes and three other basketball players in their car in April.
Reference: How Stuff Works: Contagious shooting
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