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Monday, July 21, 2008

FOI At Work: When Yonkers Police Shoot...

When police in one of the biggest cities in New York City's northern suburbs fire their guns, it's almost always at an animal.

Yonkers police records show officers have discharged their weapons 66 times in the last two years. Last year, the police fired 46 times: 45 were at animals including dogs and deer, one was accidental. The year before, they fired 20 times: 19 were at animals, one was at a person.

Yonkers released the data this month in response to a Freedom of Information Law request by The Journal News. The newspaper says it's investigating a man's claims that police shot him when they executed a search warrant on his apartment and shot his three pit bulls to death.

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