New York City wrestles with surge of violent police clashes

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A surge in violent police clashes has left a trail of bodies across New York City and stoked tensions between officers and critics who say they have been too quick to use deadly force.

Since mid-October, New York Police Department officers have shot five people, killing four of them. Police killed one man after they say he fired a gunshot that hit an officer's bullet-resistant vest. They killed another man after they say he slammed an officer's head with a chair.

Law enforcement circles say the violent uptick stems from a growing feeling that people are feeling emboldened to act out against police officers.

Reform advocates say police have been provoking some of the recent flashes of violence with aggressive tactics.