Cornel Young

This brings up painful memories of the death of Sergeant Cornel Young Jr., shot in 2000 by other officers who had mistaken him for a suspect.

NEW YORK (AP) — A plainclothes policeman who drew his gun while chasing someone he had found rummaging through his car was shot and killed by a fellow officer who was driving by and saw the pursuit, the police commissioner said.

Sorry to see this happen again, and my condolences to the family of Officer Omar J. Edwards, and to the family of Sergeant Cornel Young Jr., who have not forgotten.

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3 responses

  1. joe bernstein | Reply

    I read the story in the NY Post.Believe it or not,this is not the extemely rare occurence most people would think it to be.
    It usually only attracts widespread attention when an interracial component is present.
    I recall a case in Chicago where a White plainclothes officer shot and killed his partner,also White,who was silhouetted in a window with his gun drawn.
    They had responded to a complaint of four Black men doing a housebreak.The complaint was unfounded as the men were helping the occupant move and the officer approached the window to inform his partner.How bizarre is that?
    In NYC a White NYPD cop shot and killed a White Transit cop who was chasing a Black perp he had just exchanged shots with in a subway station.The perp yelled to the NYPD cop that a maniac was trying to kill him,and the cop seeing a man in plainclothes with a gun,shot him.
    This is a hazard of the job.On two occasions while working in plainclothes in Chicago I was held at gunpoint by White cops.I wasn’t shot because I knew what to do.In both instances the cops who drew down on me were doing their job correctly.If we ever talk in person I’ll tell you what happened.

  2. I haven’t forgotten Sgt. Steven Shaw either, who was shot and killed by a robber he was pursuing. But it’s especially tragic when police are shot by their own. Race is one factor in the confusion that leads to that mistake.

  3. I won’t forget Steven Shaw because I was in that apartment right after he was shot.I was working with Providence detectives on an unrelated matter when we diverted to the scene to provide assistance.When we arrived the shooting had just ended and we couldn’t do anything.
    I spent the whole night interviewing Spanish speaking witnesses,because at the time Providence PD had a shortage of Spanish speakers.

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