Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Elsie Law's Daily Dose Of The Law: The Case Of The Police Officer Who Killed A Police Officer

According to The New York Daily News, a lawsuit filed yesterday claims that a police officer shot another police officer "at point-blank range and then 'secreted' the slain cop's badge to cover up his crime." The officer who fired the point-blank to the face fatal shot, allegedly hid the murdered officer's badge in his car so it could be said that the slain officer failed to identify himself as a member of the NYPD.

This case has racial implications because the murdered officer was Black, and the officer who killed him is White.

The deceased officer's family has filed a $90 million federal civil rights lawsuit against Westchester officials, officers, and the district attorney. The recently filed lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs participated in a cover-up of the unjustified killing.

Last year a grand jury cleared the officers involved in this case of any wrong doing. [SIDEBAR: This has been a precedent when it comes to police killing people in NYC.] However, the slain officer's family will persist in a legal battle.

In addition to the aforementioned statements, The New York Daily News also states that, "Among other things, the suit [claims that the District Attorney] conspired with the county coroner to hide the autopsy results 'because it would prove the fatal, albeit unnecessary point blank gun shot to Officer Ridley's forehead.'"

Officer Ridley, who was 23 years old at the time of his death, was reportedly murdered as he attempted to arrest an assault suspect in White Plains, Westchester County.

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