A Recent History of NYPD Brutality

Eleanor Bumpurs

Date: October 1984

A few days before Halloween in 1984, Eleanor Bumpurs pulled a knife on NYPD officers when she was being evicted from her apartment for not paying her rent. Officer Stephen Sullivan fired two shots from his 12-gauge shotgun; one pellet struck Bumpurs in the hand and the other nine hit her in the chest, killing her. Sullivan was tried and eventually acquitted in 1987, but in 1990, the city put an end to all legal proceedings relating to the case by agreeing to pay the Bumpurs family $200,000.

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