The recent shooting of the Black NYPD officer Omar Edwards by a White officer Andrew Dunton has sparked discussions of race on a number of levels. Most generally, talk has centered on the split-second mistake, which some have argued would not have occurred if Edwards had been White. Edwards was off duty when he witnessed someone rummaging through his car and subsequently pursued the thief. The assumption was that Edwards was the cause of the problem, and unfortunately the mistake was fatal.

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