Two recent incidents in which police officers neutralized perps without killing them has City Room wondering if officers are encouraged to avoid kill shots. The short answer: Hell no! "Police officers are instructed to aim for center mass," NYPD spokesman Paul Browne explains. "You are looking to stop the individual, and that is the largest target." Center mass means the "head and torso," and a former commander of the NYPD's firearms training section says, "You can’t just shoot to aim for a leg or an arm; it just doesn’t work... Annie Oakley does not exist." We feel so disillusioned!