Two 10-year-old boys shot dead by cops were wake-up call – NY Daily News – New Brighton suffered two nights of moderate rioting, but a junior police executive named Ben Ward helped induce calm by trooping through the projects, reassuring residents. (Twelve years later, Mayor Ed Koch made Ward the city’s first black police commissioner.)
The shooting prompted then-Commissioner Patrick Murphy to enact common-sense policies to restrict the use of firearms. For the first time, officers were forbidden from firing at or from a moving vehicle, and they were ordered not to shoot when bystanders were endangered. Officials formed a special panel to review each instance of police gunfire.
Mayor Lindsay promised a thorough probe to determine whether Officer Ortolano should be charged. Several witnesses disputed the cop’s account, saying he had pinged shots indiscriminately at the fleeing youths.