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On the New York City subway, Bernhard Goetz, a 45-year-old white male, shoots four young black men after they surround him and ask for $5. After wounding three of the unarmed men, Goetz pointed his gun at 18-year-old Darrell Cabey, who was not …
History · 2/11/2016
July 16 (Bloomberg) -- It would be reassuring to think that George Zimmerman’s acquittal on murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin finally settled the matter, that we could take the acquittal as the jury’s conclusion that the shooting was ...
bloombergview.com · 7/16/2013
Bernhard Goetz, indicted on by a Grand Jury on four counts of attempted murder, wears handcuffs after he surrendered, Thursday, March 23, 1985 in New York to detectives who escorted him for formal arraignment. For anybody who knows New York City …
Yahoo Finance · 7/15/2013
NEW YORK — A low-level marijuana case against 1980s subway shooter Bernie Goetz has been dismissed after a judge concluded the clock ran out for trying it. Goetz was busted in December on charges he sold $30 worth of marijuana to an undercover …
The Boston Globe · 9/11/2014
Bernhard Goetz, 65, was ordered freed on his own recognizance at an arraignment in Criminal Court, the Manhattan district attorney's office said. His next court date is December 18, the district attorney's office said. National attention followed 1984 ...
CNN · 11/3/2013
Police arrested Bernie Goetz, 65, after he approached the cop in Union Square Park and "asked her if she wanted to get high." After she said yes, Goetz went back to his apartment and grabbed $30 worth of weed. He then went back to the park and sold it to ...
HNGN · 11/2/2013
NEW YORK – A vigilante who shot four panhandling youths on a New York City subway in 1984 is fighting low-level drug charges. Bernie Goetz was arrested in November on misdemeanor drug charges. Police say he was nabbed in a sting selling $30 …
FOX News · 12/18/2013
NEW YORK -- Bernie Goetz said he thought he was going to be mugged by a man who turned out to be a plainclothes cop arresting him in a low-level drug sting -- the same explanation he used nearly three decades ago when he opened fire on four …
Staten Island Advance · 12/18/2013
NEW YORK — Bernie Goetz said he thought he was going to be mugged by a man who turned out to be a plainclothes cop arresting him in a low-level drug sting — the same explanation he used nearly three decades ago when he opened fire on four …
Portland Press Herald · 12/19/2013
Bernhard Goetz was arraigned on misdemeanor drug charges Saturday in Manhattan Criminal Court. The 65-year-old Goetz was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court next month. He declined to discuss the case with reporters outside …
9News · 11/2/2013

Bernhard Goetz

Bernhard Hugo Goetz is a New York City man known for shooting four young black men when they allegedly tried to mug him on a New York …
Bernhard Hugo Goetz is a New York City man known for shooting four young black men when they allegedly tried to mug him on a New York City Subway train in Manhattan on 22 December 1984. He fired five shots, seriously wounding all four men. Nine days later he surrendered to police and was eventually charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and several firearms offenses. A jury found him not guilty of all charges except for one count of carrying an unlicensed firearm, for which he served eight months of a one-year sentence. In 1996, one of the shot men, who had been left paraplegic and brain damaged as a result of his injuries, obtained a civil judgment of $43 million against Goetz. The incident sparked a nationwide debate on race and crime in major cities, the legal limits of self-defense, and the extent to which the citizenry could rely on the police to secure their safety. Although Goetz, dubbed the "Subway Vigilante" by New York City's press, came to symbolize New Yorkers' frustrations with the high crime rates of the 1980s, he was both praised and vilified in the media and public opinion.
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