In New York City, a police officer who happened to be black was accidentally shot and killed by another police officer who happened to be white. It was an awful, deadly mistake. But for Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel, it was a golden opportunity to play the race card — and at a memorial event for the dead cop, no less.
Via the NYPost:
There’s nothing like a tragic police shooting to bring a tasteless guffaw out of Rep. Charlie Rangel.
Speaking yesterday at a rally in honor of slain cop Omar Edwards — gunned down by a fellow cop in a case of mistaken identity — the embattled congressman outrageously quipped that President Obama, in town for a date with First Lady Michelle, should watch his back walking around the Big Apple because he is black.
“Make certain he doesn’t run around East Harlem unidentified,” the controversial lawmaker snarked.
“If [he] did not have the Secret Service . . . around him, [city cops] wouldn’t know if he was president of the United States.”
The remark brought raucous cheers and laughter from the crowd of around 100.
Police union officials were quick to blast Rangel’s remarks.
“If Congressman Rangel said . . . ‘and waving a gun’ he might be correct,” the union official said.
But Rangel wasn’t the only official riffing on the fact that Edwards, who is black, was shot by a white officer.
“First we couldn’t ‘drive while black,’ now we can’t ‘police while black,’ ” said Brooklyn City Councilman Charles Barron.