Why police shoot so many times to bring down a suspect

When police believe a suspect could harm or kill them, they're usually trained to fire as many gunshots as it takes to bring that suspect down.

The shooting itself almost always lasts only seconds. But questions about whether the number of shots officers fired was warranted -- or whether that suspect posed a deadly threat to an officer in the first place -- can persist long after that suspect is wounded or killed.

Since George Floyd's killing in May, police have had to answer to the public as protests over police brutality and systemic racism continue nationwide.


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