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    Off-duty officer mistaken for perp, becomes victim of friendly fire. Rev. Al Sharpton weighs in.

    An off-duty police officer who was shot to death in downtown White Plains appears to have been a victim of friendly fire.
    Mount Vernon Officer Christopher Ridley, 23, was trying to make an arrest outside a Westchester County government complex shortly before 5 p.m. Friday when officers from a different department spotted him, and, under circumstances that remain unclear, opened fire and killed him.
    Ridley was not in uniform and was out of his jurisdiction, but White Plains Public Safety Commissioner Frank Straub said yesterday that the young officer had witnessed a violent assault taking place and rushed to break up the fight.
    He was struggling with the 39-year-old suspect when Westchester County police officers came upon the fray. Witnesses told reporters that the officers ordered Ridley to drop his gun, then shot him when he didn't immediately comply.
    The shooting happened just as the streets began to fill with people leaving work.
    Yesterday, Straub and other police officials refused to discuss the details of the shooting and wouldn't say what prompted the county officers to shoot, how many of them shot, or how many shots were fired.
    The president of the police union in Mount Vernon, Kevin Mandel, said Ridley "couldn't have done anything wrong," and praised him as a hero for trying to break up the assault.
    Mount Vernon Police Commissioner David E. Chong called the slain officer "a quiet and kind soul," and said he was confident the White Plains Police Department - which operates independently from the Westchester County department - would conduct an impartial investigation.
    The shooting prompted a visit to White Plains yesterday by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who called for a thorough probe.
    Ridley attended the same church in Mount Vernon as the chairman of Sharpton's civil rights group.
    Speaking to reporters in front of the White Plains police headquarters, Sharpton said he didn't know whether race was a factor in the shooting.
    Ridley is black. Authorities did not initially reveal the ethnicity of the officer, or officers, who shot him. Sharpton said he would reserve judgment until the facts are known, and expected investigators to do the same.
    "As we are calling on the community not to rush to judgment, the police should not rush to judgment," Sharpton said. "You should not do a 12-hour investigation and say it was a justified shooting."
    Nearby, a group of women sobbed, "They killed our baby."
    The Rev. William Mizell, associate pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, said Ridley was single and had no children.

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    Unreal, Im at a loss for words on this one......
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    I can only imagine the heartache that the officers that shot are going through right now. The whole situation stinks. I don't mean that as a derogatory sense to the fallen or the officers that opened fire. The situation just stinks all around. Now Sharpton is going to come out the toilet and throw more shit around making a bad situation worse for HIS benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five-0 View Post
    I can only imagine the heartache that the officers that shot are going through right now. The whole situation stinks. I don't mean that as a derogatory sense to the fallen or the officers that opened fire. The situation just stinks all around. Now Sharpton is going to come out the toilet and throw more shit around making a bad situation worse for HIS benefit.
    +1 Five-0, you've summed things up quite well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Five-0 View Post
    I can only imagine the heartache that the officers that shot are going through right now. The whole situation stinks. I don't mean that as a derogatory sense to the fallen or the officers that opened fire. The situation just stinks all around. Now Sharpton is going to come out the toilet and throw more shit around making a bad situation worse for HIS benefit.
    Well said.
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    I hate that asshole. What a crappy thing to happen. Sharpton should just shut the fuck up and stay out of shit. What the hell he is he a reverand of anyway? For someone who is supposed to be a church leader, he sure is pretty racist himself, and what the hell is up with his hair?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ex401mp View Post
    I hate that asshole. What a crappy thing to happen. Sharpton should just shut the fuck up and stay out of shit. What the hell he is he a reverand of anyway? For someone who is supposed to be a church leader, he sure is pretty racist himself, and what the hell is up with his hair?

    I think you'll find this interesting.

    http://www.realchange.org/sharpton.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by ex401mp View Post
    I hate that asshole. What a crappy thing to happen. Sharpton should just shut the fuck up and stay out of shit. What the hell he is he a reverand of anyway? For someone who is supposed to be a church leader, he sure is pretty racist himself, and what the hell is up with his hair?

    I couldn't agree with you more, a real tragedy and he has to bring up race being a factor. What an Asshat. Rest in Peace brother.
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    I wondered if this was not the case when I first read about the incident so sad for all involved.
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    You can tell how much Jackson hates Law Enforcement. Usually if the person shot by Law Enforcement is black, he's all ready up in arms, saying the police are wrong, they shot an innocent person, etc.... before hearing, or caring about any investigation.

    However, black cop get's shot off duty by other cops.. He just makes a cheap jab at race, and say's "he would reserve judgment until the facts are known, and expected investigators to do the same." Not nearly the same reaction if the person shot was a street thug. He just hate's cops, all there is to it.

    Just FYI, by no means am I saying I think he should be up in arms about this, or am I even remotely accusing the LEO's that shot, of any wrong doing. I'm just pointing out a drastic difference in his piles of bullshit he feeds to the public to further his position.

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    At age 10, however, his parents divorced due to an affair his dad had with Sharpton's half-sister (ie his dad's step-daughter.) Sharpton's mother was forced to go on welfare, and at one point they went without electricity for 6 months. Al became an ordained minister shortly after his parents' divorce.
    How do you become an ordained minister at 10 or 11 years old?
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    Sharpton is an ignorant FUCK PIG!!!!! I cant stand that oxygen thief. What a shame to have him take something that was already bad and make it worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Man View Post
    How do you become an ordained minister at 10 or 11 years old?
    From wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_sharpton

    "Sharpton was licensed and ordained a Pentecostal minister at the age of nine by Bishop F.D. Washington"

    I feel like puking now. Pardon me, I have to go shower after visiting that page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky View Post
    From wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_sharpton

    "Sharpton was licensed and ordained a Pentecostal minister at the age of nine by Bishop F.D. Washington"

    I feel like puking now. Pardon me, I have to go shower after visiting that page.
    In otherwords, he's not a "real" Reverend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    In otherwords, he's not a "real" Reverend.
    Correct, never attended seminary, or anything like it - unless you count being James Brown's tour manager. He's quoted as saying "I always say that James Brown taught me how to be a man." Which, to the locals here, certifies him as home grown batshit crazy.
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