Family, friends, NYPD mourn slain cop

June 3, 2009 7:18:44 AM PDT
U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the fatal shooting of a New York City police officer by a fellow officer. Off-duty officer Omar Edwards was killed last Thursday while chasing a man who broke into his car in Harlem.

The Manhattan congressman's letter to Attorney General Eric Holder was dated and released Tuesday. Rangel also asks investigators to examine what role race may have had in the shooting. Edwards was black; the officer who shot him is white.

Rangel apologized this week for an earlier comment about President Barack Obama needing to be careful when visiting Harlem, apparently alluding to the shooting. He was answering a reporter's question about what Obama should do when he visited the city Saturday with the first lady.

Meanwhile, scores of police officers streamed into a Brooklyn funeral home for a wake for Officer Omar Edwards.

The viewing will continue Wednesday at the Woodward Funeral Home in Bedford-Stuyvesant. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church.

The 25-year-old Edwards is survived by a wife and two young children.


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