Via Raw Story:
Off-duty officer Omar J. Edwards of the New York Police Department was shot and killed by officer Andrew Dunton Thursday night in Harlem what authorities are calling an accident.There's a news-vid with all the official excuses on the RS site.
Commissioner Ray Kelly said Dunton apparently mistook Edwards for a criminal. Edwards was black and Dunton is white.
Dunton, 30, a four-and-a-half-year veteran of the force, saw off-duty Edwards, a “rookie” with about two years experience, chasing a man who had broken into his car. He and two other officers in an unmarked vehicle followed the men.
Edwards had his gun drawn as he was chasing the burglar, according to reports.
At some point during the pursuit, Dunton fired six rounds. Edwards was struck in the back, arm and hip and died later. It was unclear whether Dunton declared that he is a police officer.
Rev. Al Sharpton said he and civil rights leaders “are completely concerned of a growing pattern of black officers being killed with the assumption that they are the criminals.”
The Washington Posted noted that “in recent years there have been several cases of off-duty policemen in the New York City area being shot and killed by other officers.”
“While we don’t know all the details of what happened tonight, this is a tragedy,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press conference. “Rest assured that we will find out exactly what happened here, and we will learn from it so it doesn’t happen again.”