06/19/2007

NYPD may change officer involved shooting policies

By Rocco Parascandola
Newsday

NEW YORK Any police officer who fires his or her gun, on- or off-duty, and causes injury or death soon could be required to be tested for alcohol, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said yesterday in announcing a series of recommendations made by a New York Police Department panel formed after unarmed bridegroom Sean Bell was fatally shot in Queens on his wedding day.

Kelly was quick to stress that the undercover officers who were inside Jamaica's Club Kalua - where Bell, 23, had celebrated his bachelor party just before he was killed on a nearby street on Nov. 25 - "were found to be fit for duty."

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