Man Who Survived Harlem Shooting Sues NYPD

Angel Alvarez was shot 27 times at a Harlem block party last August.

Saturday, Aug 6, 2011  |  Updated 4:58 PM EDT
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Man Who Survived Harlem Shooting Sues NYPD

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A man who was shot many times by New York City police officers last year during a fight over a gun at a block party has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the police department.

Angel Alvarez suffered 27 bullet wounds during the chaos in Harlem, which began when he got into a fistfight with a neighborhood rival, and escalated when the other man pulled out a pistol.
   
As the two men struggled for the gun, police unleashed volleys of bullets that hit Alvarez, killed the person he was fighting with and wounded two officers and three innocent bystanders. Police fired a total of 46 bullets in the incident, which happened in August of 2010.
   
Alvarez was jailed for 200 days before a grand jury refused to indict him. In March, it also declined to indict the officers.
   
A police review of the shooting is ongoing.
 

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