Monday, April 25, 2011
The fake-gun-wielding man shot nine times by cops as he waved an all-too-real looking pellet gun at a Bronx nightclub has been charged.
Mamadou Balde, 20, was hit with weapons and menacing complaints over the stunt Friday outside of the crowded Cocoa House hotspot in Highbridge.
Balde, who sources say is a wannabe Bloods gang member, was struck in the legs, arms, groin and foot after three cops fired 18 shots at him.
So take your pick on which is worse: 3 cops firing 18 times to drop one lunatic; 3 cops incapable of telling a pellet gun from the real deal; the NYPD continuing to go with the peashooter 9mm round* that, combined with the officer's horrid accuracy, cannot stop anything bigger than a bedbug.
*They're not changing to something more powerful anytime soon because nearly a quarter of today's "force" can barely handle the kick from a GLOCK wondernine.