GUN Cop awared $4.5 million for having a ND


Jun 9, 2004
Ex-city cop wins huge award after chair he sat in broke, sending bullet into his knee
It's ragged, ripped and unsteady, but you can call it the city's $4.5 million chair.

Former New York City Detective Anderson Alexander was sitting in it in Brooklyn's 73rd Precinct on Jan. 1, 2002, when his partner handed him his gun so the partner could interview a suspect.

Alexander leaned back to put the gun in his waistband, but the back of the chair gave way, his finger slipped and the 9-mm. Smith & Wesson fired a bullet into his left knee.

Now, despite the best efforts of city lawyers to portray the 11-year veteran as a klutz, a Brooklyn jury has awarded Alexander $4,548,000 in damages.

"This case is not about him shooting himself," Alexander's lawyer Matthew Maiorana told the Daily News. "This case is about a broken chair and an unsafe workplace.

"Anderson would give the money right back if he could have his job back and his knee back."

Alexander, 49, who retired on a three-quarters-pay disability pension, moved to South Carolina, where he works as a sheriff's deputy. He declined comment.

The city vowed to appeal.

"While it is unfortunate that Mr. Alexander shot himself in the knee accidentally, there was scant proof the chair in which he was sitting was defective," said Fay Leoussis, the city's Tort Division chief. "And no proof at all that any supposed defect had been reported to anyone."

There isn't even a chair anymore. Jurors had to settle for a blown-up picture of the ragged, ripped seat because the city somehow misplaced the chair.

"We had sent a letter to the precinct to preserve the chair," Maiorana said. "They couldn't produce it.

"There were pictures of the chair from the crime scene unit. It looks worn, dilapidated and rundown. It's an ugly-looking chair."

Alexander, a Navy veteran who was born and raised in Brooklyn, was a decorated second-grade detective assigned to the elite street crimes unit at the time.

"This is a guy who took hundreds of guns off the street," Maiorana said. "He knew how to handle a gun."

Holiday decorations were still around that New Year's Day as Alexander's partner, Peter Schrammel, handed him his 40-ounce gun for safe-keeping.

Alexander's service weapon was in a hip holster so, without standing up, he put Schrammel's in his waistband. As he leaned back, the chair back slipped and jerked him backward.

As he tried to right himself, his finger slipped under the finger guard and the bullet discharged into Alexander's left leg, shattering a bone in his knee joint.

"He's lucky in a sense that he didn't shoot himself somewhere else," Maiorana said. "He's not a klutz. He's a guy who just leaned back in a chair."

The six-member jury deliberated six hours over two days after a three-week trial. On Nov. 18, it gave Alexander $500,000 for pain he's suffered, $1 million for future pain, $1.3 million for lost wages, $1.3 million for lost pension and the rest for future medical bills and other expenses.

An avid basketball, football and baseball player, Alexander can no longer be a "weekend warrior" and would need painful knee-replacement surgery to repair the damage, his lawyer said.

Alexander made more than $90,000 a year before he retired, including overtime. He's earning more than $50,000 on disability pension, plus $24,000 as a sheriff's deputy.

"He's a court officer, runs a metal detector," Maiorana said. "He does wear a gun. It sounds like it was a case about a gun. It wasn't a case about a gun. It was about the chair."


Active Member
Mar 26, 2008
Ventura California
detectives make that much a year?

my homicide detective buddy clears over 100k/year. I think he makes much more money than that actually. He gets a ton of overtime. Everytime he is "on call" and he gets called in it's like 1.5 time. If there is a murder (forever happening) near the end of the shift he is often there long enough to make double time.

Short story detectives make $$$ and kill it on the overtime.


Active Member
Jul 13, 2007
County jailor ND'd a Glock and came damn close to shooting himself through the knee when holstering his gun. The bullet actually nicked him, and made a burn looking impression.

Being the expert pistolero he was, he claimed that there was no way he had his finger in the trigger, and blamed the gun for the whole affair. Everyone made fun of him about it, and he got so pissed that he started talking lawsuits and all kinds of bullshit in an attempt to clear his name. Glock came, sent the gun back to the factory and tested it. Of course, the gun was fine. They then came to give everyone a "training seminar", and videotaped the Jailor holstering his gun; lo and behold, finger on the trigger. Showed him the tape, and he STFU about the lawsuit pretty quick.

As a rule, I would put the majority of police officers at or below an entry level enthusiast as far as gun skillsets/safety goes. I've seen some dumb shit come from guys who carry a gun for a living.

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