Many Blacks and Whites are targeting Al Sharpton for his activism in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, yet he has a long history of speaking out in cases such as this while those same complainers stayed silent. May of 2009 was a dark time for all Black police officers as they spoke to fear of being mistaken for a Black criminal by white officers. The terminology used here is “friendly-fire.”
That’s right. Apparently, even being a police officer isn’t enough to keep a young black man from getting killed by a white cop. Edwards was out of uniform on a plainclothes detail — an earlier Daily News report said he was “off-duty” — and chasing down an actual crime suspect whom he’d caught breaking into a car.
Officer Andrew Dunton saw the chase, and called out, “Police! Stop! Drop it!” When Edwards started to turn around but failed to drop his gun quickly enough, Dunton shot him three times. It happened on Good Friday, May 9th, 2009, and more recent incidents of excessive lethal force by police against black men proves we’ve learned little or nothing since then. Edwards was only 27 years old, and left behind his wife Danielle and their two young sons.