Seven Shots: An NYPD Raid on a Terrorist Cell and Its Aftermath

By Jennifer C. Hunt

On July 31, 1997, a six-man Emergency carrier group from the NYPD raided a terrorist mobilephone in Brooklyn and narrowly avoided a suicide bombing of the hot York subway that might have fee hundreds and hundreds, almost certainly millions of lives.

Seven Shots tells the dramatic tale of that raid, the painstaking police paintings concerned, and its paradoxical aftermath, which drew the officials right into a clash with different rank-and-file police and publicity-hungry most sensible brass. Jennifer C. Hunt attracts on her own wisdom of the NYPD and a community of police contacts extending from cop to four-star leader, to track the adventure of 3 officials at the Emergency carrier access crew and the 2 bomb squad detectives who dismantled the stay equipment. She follows their lives for 5 years, from that near-fatal day in 1997, via their encounters contained in the brutal international of departmental politics, and directly to Sep 11, after they once more positioned their lives in danger within the struggle opposed to terrorism, racing contained in the burning towers and sorting during the ash, particles, and physique components. all through this fast moving narrative, Hunt keeps a strikingly fine-grained, street-level view, permitting us to appreciate the law enforcement officials all alone terms—and frequently of their personal phrases. the result's a compelling insider’s photo of the people who paintings in elite devices within the NYPD and the ethical and actual probability and braveness involved.

As gripping as an Ed McBain novel—and simply as steeped in manhattan cop tradition and personalities—Seven Shots takes readers on an unforgettable trip in the back of the defend and into the hearts of latest York urban police.

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Volpe had a name, them all did. They have been heavy drinkers. They have been out partying. there has been even a rumor that they have been taking pictures at each other out in the street one time. ” in the beginning headquarters shared Morange’s disbelief. Lou Anemone, loved Brooklyn borough commander Pat Brennan, and one or precinct commanders have been a number of the few who didn’t imagine Louima’s tale used to be a lie. one other road commander explained,10 “I was once CO at [another] precinct whilst it occurred. i used to be sitting with the manager in a group assembly, and he had a truly calm method approximately him. He acknowledged, ‘There’s a file they placed a broomstick during this guy’s rectum. ’ leader Brennan isn't asserting it’s loopy. you'll see incidentally he simply stored consuming his sandwich and announcing what occurred, that he suggestion it used to be whatever. He acknowledged the man used to be in Coney Island medical institution. subsequent factor you recognize, it’s within the papers. It you're analyzing copyrighted fabric released via collage of Chicago Press. Unauthorized posting, copying, or dispensing of this paintings other than as authorised below U. S. copyright legislations is prohibited and injures the writer and writer. [ 164 ] c h a p t e r s i x was once like a hand grenade, Diallo too, like there's a second or ahead of it explodes. . . . No neighborhood unrest at the start. . . . Then the media. There’s an image of him popping out of the medical institution . . . First you listen this man bought injured in a gay membership . . . yet I sensed that anything occurred right here and that i discovered that so, possibly it used to be a homosexual membership, yet they aren’t undesirable humans. You’re commencing to listen issues approximately his accidents and also you comprehend it can have occurred. i used to be ashamed to be a cop. After Safir dumps the precinct commander, he begins this committee [on police use of force]. i am getting at the mobile and it’s from an inspector within the press place of work, ‘They have been going round the room and a few man used to be asserting you can’t consider secure and be a black guy and stroll the streets within the 7-0 Precinct and you’re now not scared of the criminals, you’re fearful of the police officers. Now [the identify of the commander who’s telling the story]. . . . we all know him. He walks round with us. you permit him there. Don’t take him out of Brooklyn. ’ I name my men in simply because I knew they’d be ashamed to be police officers, and that i inform them the tale that the clicking inspector informed me. He [the neighborhood chief] is speaking approximately you. . . . the fellow doesn’t comprehend me. . . . He’s conversing concerning the method you react to the neighborhood and also you might be proud and also you shouldn’t be ashamed. Then we had a person locally seek advice from the law enforcement officials. ” Lou Anemone recalled the preliminary briefing with Charles Campisi. “I was once sitting there hearing an analogous factor that Safir, Kelleher, and 2 folks have been listening to. What used to be outstanding to me used to be that i believe there has been loads of skepticism within the room, yet to me it had the hoop of fact, sitting there listening i'll think it a bit extra. I knew somewhat of the background within the 7-0. It used to be a precinct that had given us difficulty within the final couple of years. they'd a wild PBA (Patrolmen’s Benevolent organization) delegate there.

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