NEW YORK (AP) For years, the Internet has been a refuge for people who have been wrongly accused of crimes, but now, with the internet’s vast availability and ease of access, many have been caught up in a new wave of false-claims.
Now a video shows a woman getting out of a car that police said was fired on while it was parked in a residential neighborhood.
She is seen getting out after the car had hit a police officer and was in the air when the officer fired a shot at her.
The woman’s face is partially obscured by the helmet she is wearing, but the video was shot by a bystander who captured the moment.
The Associated Press can’t identify the woman who filmed the incident because she is not authorized to speak publicly about the case.
The police department did not respond to an email seeking comment.
The video of the woman walking from her vehicle to her car, which was posted on YouTube and has been viewed more than 1.8 million times, shows the officer pointing his gun at the woman.
He says, “I thought you were dead,” before firing several times.
Police officers and paramedics help the woman to a stretcher, but she is taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
She was not identified by name in the video because she was not authorized by the police department to speak about the incident.
Police have not said whether the officer was charged.
The incident was one of several incidents in New York in recent weeks in which people have been falsely accused of committing crimes, including an incident in which a woman in her 20s was fatally shot by officers who said she was throwing rocks at them while they were responding to a disturbance call.
The videos and stories of false allegations are not uncommon in the U.S. In the past month, at least 13 people have died in such circumstances in New England.
Some of those cases have been attributed to a lack of evidence or the victim’s failure to cooperate with police, though no charges have been filed.
New York has a reputation as a safe city for people accused of minor crimes, especially when it comes to violent crimes, though it has not seen a fatal shooting in nearly four decades.
In May, a white police officer shot and killed a black man who had allegedly punched him in the face after the officer tried to handcuff him on a subway platform.
In October, a woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death was charged with aggravated assault and assault with intent to kill, though prosecutors declined to pursue charges.
Last month, a man shot and wounded two people outside a Brooklyn apartment complex.
The shooting was caught on video by a neighbor who recorded it and posted it on YouTube.
Police did not say whether the man had been charged.