No Indictment In NYC “Friendly Fire” Case


A New York City grand jury voted not to indict a police officer who fatally shot another officer in May who was armed and off duty, reports the New York Times. The officer, Andrew Dunton, killed fellow officer Omar Edwards, firing six shots on a rainy night. Neither officer was in uniform; Dunton was working a plainclothes assignment, and Edwards had just finished a shift.

The shooting of Edwards, who is black, by Dunton, who is white, prompted concern by some officials and activists over race relations and stereotypes within the police force. Some elected officials asked the police department to explore procedures that could help prevent so-called friendly fire and the impact race has on officers' decision-making.

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