In the last minutes of his life, Omar Edwards lay handcuffed in the middle of Harlem's East 125th Street on Thursday, felled by bullets Officer Andrew Dunton fired after Edwards turned toward Dunton without lowering his gun, police said Friday.
Emergency Services officers cut open Edwards' white shirt. They found a Police Academy T-shirt and a shield and identification in his pants pocket.
"10-13!" an officer at the scene screamed into his radio. "Officer down! Officer down!"
Edwards, 25, a two-year rookie, was rushed to Harlem Hospital Center, where he died.
I am certain this hasn't been a national story because it is rather normal for police faults to be hushed and swept under the rug. Last weekend an off duty black cop was shot by a white cop on 125st in Harlem. Particularly in Harlem as of late I have seen my fair share of injustice when it comes to the police department. It is rather a horrifying truth of this community and the lack of concern for anyone not white in this gentrified state we are currently fighting. There are more cops in Harlem than ever yet and still they are not protecting any of its citizens it seems but rather intimidating and instigating problematic situations and something has got to be done....
Rangel: Comment about Obama in NYC after fatal cop shooting 'was entirely inappropriate'NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel says it was "entirely inappropriate" that he made a comment about President Barack Obama needing to be careful when visiting Harlem, where a black police officer was fatally shot by a white colleague last week.
Rangel said in a statement Monday that it "was entirely inappropriate to bring the president and his wife into this discussion." He also says he hopes his "off-the-cuff comment did not cause embarrassment to anyone."
Rangel was answering a reporter's question about what Obama should do on his trip to the city Saturday with the first lady. He was apparently alluding to the fatal shooting of Officer Omar J. Edwards on Thursday in Harlem.
The shooting is under investigation and sparked concerns about whether race was a factor.