Family of slain cop meets with governor in Mt. Vernon

Grieving family members of the Mount Vernon police officer gunned down in White Plains met with the governor, the county executive and city lawmakers Wednesday.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer described his meeting with Christopher Ridley?s family as raw. He told them he is committed to making sure the investigation into the incident is thorough.

Mount Vernon Mayor Clinton Young and Westchester County Executive Andy Spano also offered condolences to the family. Spano said every measure is being taken to ensure the investigation is objective, including having the White Plains Police Department, not the county police, take charge of the probe.

Police Officer Ridley was off-duty when he was killed by county police near the Westchester County Office Building Friday. Sources said Ridley?s family believes the 23-year-old would still be alive if he was white. Several civil rights activists have also brought up the issue of racial profiling in the case.

The racial makeup of the four Westchester County police officers involved in the shooting is diverse.

Ridley?s wake is scheduled for Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Camelot Funeral Home. He will receive full police honors at his funeral on Friday at the Grace Baptist Church.

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