Fatal Shooting Rocks NYPD, Ignites Race Debate

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Omar J. Edwards

Officer Omar J. Edwards was shot and killed mistakenly by another police officer on May 28 in New York City. New York City Police Department via Getty Images hide caption

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Investigators in New York continue to probe into the shooting death of police officer Omar Edwards by fellow officer Andrew Dunton last week. Edwards, an African-American who was off-duty at the time, was pursuing a suspected car thief when Dunton, who is white, fired fatal shots at Edwards.

Now, officials want to determine who was at fault, and whether race played a role.

Joining the conversation to discuss the shooting and the possible factors at work are New York State Senator Eric Adams, co-founder of the group 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care; Jon Shane, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York; and Anthony Miranda, of the National Latino Officers Association. All are former police officers.

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