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Police Shoot and Kill one of their Own

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/29/nyregion/29cop.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&src=ig

 

 

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A New York City police officer who had just gotten off duty was fatally shot late Thursday in East Harlem by a fellow officer who mistook him for an armed criminal, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said.

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Patrick Andrade for The New York Times

 

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly gave a news conference at Harlem Hospital Center early Friday morning.

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Patrick Andrade for The New York Times

 

Police officers near the scene where a fellow officer was shot at East 125th Street in Harlem on Thursday night.

 

The officer who was killed, Omar J. Edwards, 25, a two-year veteran who was assigned to patrol housing projects and was wearing plain clothes, was shot in the arm and chest after a team of three other plainclothes officers in a car came upon him chasing a man on East 125th Street between First and Second Avenues with his gun drawn, Mr. Kelly said.

 

The team’s members, assigned to the anticrime unit in the 25th Precinct, got out of their vehicle and confronted Officer Edwards. The police were investigating whether the officers had identified themselves or demanded that Officer Edwards drop his weapon before one of them opened fire.

 

Mr. Kelly identified the officer who fired the shots only as a four-year veteran of the department, and said he had fired six rounds from his 9-millimeter Glock. Two bullets struck Officer Edwards.

 

Officer Edwards, a recently married father of two from Brooklyn, was taken to Harlem Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:21 p.m. No one else was injured.

 

"While we don’t know all of the details of what happened tonight, this is a tragedy,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said during an early morning news conference at the hospital. “Rest assured we will find out exactly what happened here and see what we can learn from it so it can never happen again.”

 

The shooting is likely to raise questions again about departmental procedures involving communications among plainclothes officers — particularly those in different units — as well as issues of race. Officer Edwards was black; the officer who shot him was white.

 

Mr. Kelly said the tragic string of events began when Officer Edwards, a member of the Housing Bureau Impact Response Team, left duty about 10:30 p.m., approached his car and saw that a man had broken the driver’s side window and was rummaging through the vehicle. The two scuffled, and the man escaped Officer Edwards’s grip by slipping out of his sweater.

 

A police official said officers at the scene learned that Officer Edwards was a colleague only when they ripped open his shirt in an effort to revive him and saw a Police Academy T-shirt. They then searched his pants pockets and found a badge.

 

Investigators were interviewing the two officers in the car who did not fire at Officer Edwards. The department does not interview officers involved in fatal shootings until a prosecutor determines whether criminal charges will be brought.

 

The man who apparently broke into Officer Edwards’s car, Miguel Santiago, was also being interviewed by investigators, officials said. The police said his five prior arrests include charges of robbery, assault and drug violations.

 

There have been at least two cases of off-duty police officers being shot by colleagues in the New York region in recent years.

 

In January 2008, a Mount Vernon officer, Christopher A. Ridley, 23, was killed by Westchester County police officers in downtown White Plains as he tried to restrain a homeless man whom he had seen assault another person.

 

And in February 2006, a New York City officer, Eric Hernandez, 24, was fatally shot by a fellow officer while responding to a 911 call about a fight at a White Castle restaurant in the Bronx.

 

Thursday night’s shooting occurred near the approach to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (formerly the Triborough).

 

Maalik Lane, 20, was waiting for a bus nearby at 125th Street and Third Avenue when, he said, he heard more than five gunshots.

 

“I saw police, up to 20 police cars,” driving by at high speeds, said Mr. Lane, who lives on Wards Island. “I was, like, someone is having a shootout with police. The bus driver said, ‘Somebody shot the police.’ ”

 

Mr. Lane added, “I feared for my life.”

 

Just before 1 a.m. Friday, the ambulance parking bay at the hospital had been roped off, with six police officers standing sentry. More than a dozen officers, some in uniform, others in plain clothes, paced and waited for news.

 

After the news conference, about 3 a.m., officers left the hospital, several in tears and consoling one another.

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that sucks..

and they want to beef up the guns that street patrols carry? so instead of missing the guy 4 times, they can miss him 24 times..

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This thread leaves DAO in a precarious situation. Does he ridicule the cop as being a trigger-happy Nazi popping shots off at innocent people? Or does he praise the cop's behavior for killing one of the boys in blue?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tune in next time.

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This thread leaves DAO in a precarious situation. Does he ridicule the cop as being a trigger-happy Nazi popping shots off at innocent people? Or does he praise the cop's behavior for killing one of the boys in blue?

 

Insert Size 7 LMAO here.

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This thread leaves DAO in a precarious situation. Does he ridicule the cop as being a trigger-happy Nazi popping shots off at innocent people? Or does he praise the cop's behavior for killing one of the boys in blue?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tune in next time.

 

 

im gonna say DAO will praise the cop

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Looks like poor judgment all around, I know that if I find someone breaking into car that if I can not beat them down and they run away that I would not then pull out my heater and take chase like the off duty cop is going to shoot this dude for taking his will smith cd or something. Will be interesting to see what comes of it, seems that usually when the police kill someone in cold blood that the main issue of the investigation is weather or not they identified themselves which has always struck me as odd. Like its ok to shoot a 15 year old kid as long as you let them know you are a officer first.

 

Black tape on a badge has never hurt my feelings.

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I bet these TPWF get off with counseling or some shit. Where as If I were to kill a cop for no reason, my face would be all over the tube by now, telling everyone how I'm the next OKlahoma City Bomber........

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i'm gonna start editing out all those damn porn movies.

knock it off.

 

 

and yeah,. cops are fuckin dumb as shit

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