Omar Edwards’ mother on her son’s death

Natalia Harding knew when her son joined the New York Police Department that part of the job meant putting his life at risk. Her son Officer Omar Edwards, 25 had been on the force for almost three years, married less than three weeks, and had just welcomed his second child into the world when he saw a man breaking into his car on the evening of May 28, 2009. In plain clothes and off duty, Edwards, who is Black, ran after the assailant with his gun in hand. Three other plain clothes officers, who were in the vicinity, saw him running and allegedly asked him to drop his weapon. When he didn’t, Officer Andrew Dunton, who is White, fired six shots, hitting Edwards once in the back. His death has brought up serious questions about how racial bias plays into policing practices.