Bias found in many police-on-police shootings

A task force formed by Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) to probe police-on-police shootings found that race has played a role in such incidents.

During the past 30 years, 26 police officers in the United States have been killed by colleagues who mistook them for criminals, including Christopher Ridley, an off-duty Mount Vernon police officer. He was shot and killed Jan. 25, 2008 by four uniformed Westchester County police officers.

The task force is calling for establishing statewide protocols for all off-duty police officers, new policies to reduce racial bias in a mistaken-identity situation and special training to focus on diversity within police agencies.

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