Four NYPD officers suspended after video shows they do nothing as man shoots himself

Four NYPD officers have been suspended without pay after security footage shows them doing NOTHING as man pulls out gun and shoots himself in the leg

  • Xavier Shaw accidentally shot himself in the leg on August 23 in front of four police officers
  • Security video apparently shows two foot patrol officers and two officers in a parked SUV doing nothing while firing
  • According to the images, at no time do they appear to be providing assistance to the victim or securing a weapon
  • Officers identified as Joshua Polo, Gifford Griffiths, Mohammed Uddin and Sterling Medina were on a crime reduction assignment
  • All four agents have been suspended without payment pending internal review
  • Shaw, the victim of the shooting, was later arrested on charges of gun possession and reckless danger










Four New York City police officers have been suspended unpaid after being caught on security video seemingly doing nothing when a man accidentally shot himself in the leg in Harlem earlier this week.

The incident took place on August 23 at 136th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, where a group of men were gambling and drinking in the street.

Surveillance video obtained by the New York Post, among other news outlets, shows two officers patrolling on foot, leaning against the wall of a building, and two others sitting in a double-parked patrol SUV.

A group of men were drinking and gambling in the street on 136th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem on Aug. 23, in front of four crime-reducing police officers, who have now been suspended without pay.

One of the men accidentally shot himself in the leg, forcing others to disperse.  Two foot patrol officers were able to catch a glimpse standing against the wall to the left

One of the men accidentally shot himself in the leg, forcing others to disperse. Two foot patrol officers were able to catch a glimpse standing against the wall to the left

The victim, Xavier Shaw, 32, is pictured on the far right as he leaps from the scene.  In the video none of the officers are trying to help

The victim, Xavier Shaw, 32, is pictured on the far right as he leaps from the scene. In the video none of the officers are trying to help

According to officials, all four officers – identified as Joshua Polo, Gifford Griffiths, Mohammed Uddin and Sterling Medina – were on a duty to reduce the crime.

An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to DailyMail.com that the officers involved have been suspended unpaid, but she declined to provide details about the incident.

In the security footage taken from the scene, a gun goes off in the hands of one of the men gambling on the sidewalk, causing the others to scatter in terror.

None of the officers on the scene seem to move at the sound of the gunshot. They also appear to make no attempt to help the victim, who jumps off on his right foot after throwing the gun.

As can be seen from the footage, the officers are taking no action to secure the weapon on the sidewalk, or take anyone for questioning about the shooting.

In addition to the two foot patrol officers standing against the wall, two other officers were seated in an NYPD double-parked SUV, seen on the right.

In addition to the two foot patrol officers leaning against the wall, two other officers were seated in an NYPD double-parked SUV, seen on the right.

One of the patrol officers broke away from the wall more than 30 seconds after the shooting

One of the patrol officers broke away from the wall more than 30 seconds after the shooting

The agents have been identified as Joshua Polo, Gifford Griffiths, Mohammed Uddin

The agents have been identified as Joshua Polo, Gifford Griffiths, Mohammed Uddin

More than 30 seconds pass from the moment of the shooting before one of the foot patrol officers languidly breaks away from the wall to take a short walk before rejoining his partner.

A short time later, both officers casually walk down the sidewalk, which still appears to be littered with debris from the interrupted gambling session, and approach their colleagues in the patrol vehicle, before the video cuts out.

The four officers at the scene are said to have never spoken on the radio during the shooting.

According to unnamed sources in talks with the New York Daily News, Body camera images from the officers show that they did not immediately realize that the loud noise they heard was a gunshot and not fireworks.

The victim of the self-inflicted shooting, 32-year-old Xavier Shaw, made his own way to Harlem Hospital to be treated for his injuries. Police arrested him on Wednesday on charges of criminal weapon possession and reckless danger.

The behavior of the four officers is now the subject of an internal review. Griffith, Uddin, Polo and Medina have all been employed for less than five years.

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