Diallo, 22, an unarmed Bronx street peddler who immigrated from
Guinea in West Africa, had returned home from selling his wares
hats, gloves and video tapes at 11:30 p.m. His
roommates had gone to sleep, and Diallo left the apartment. "Sometimes
he would go out for a bottle of juice or something to eat,"
a roommate said.
12:30 a.m., the cops had an encounter with Diallo near his apartment.
A few minutes later, the shooting began. He
was gunned down at close range by four plainclothes cops who fired
41 bullets. Police Officers Edward McMellon, 26, and Sean Carroll,
35 emptied the 16-bullet cartridges in their 9-mm. handguns. 3
of the cops were involved in prior shootings, including a fatality.
was pronounced dead at the scene, his bullet riddled lay body
face up in the lighted vestibule of his apartment building.
His wallet and a beeper
lay next to him. Bullet casings were scattered on the walkway
outside the building, a few feet from the front door. More than
a dozen bullet holes bored the walls and inner door of the vestibule;
near apartment doors, and in the living room wall of Diallo's
were no civilian witnesses to the shooting, police said. Many
neighbors said they heard the gunfire and ducked for cover. One
neighbor looked out his window and saw one cop with his gun drawn,
screaming an obscenity. Another neighbor said she saw a cop throw
his cap down in disgust.
said the victim had no criminal record. Diallo's death seemed
a horrible error. "The
police told me it was a mistake," said Diallo's roommate,
who was asked to identify the body.
officers,McMellon, Carroll, Kenneth Boss, 27, and Richard Murphy,
26, assigned to the department's street-crime unit were investigating
a rape pattern in the area. They
were treated at an area hospital for trauma and ringing in their
Boss shot and killed a man in Brooklyn. Carroll returned fire
at a gunman in August 1997 in the Bronx, but no one was hit. McMellon
wounded a gunman in Brooklyn in June, and a 9-mm. gun was recovered.
Worth, a Patrolmen's Benevolent Association attorney, said "a
full explanation will reveal that the officers acted properly."
friends on 14th St. and his Soundview neighbors remembered the
kind, mild-mannered man and how he spent his last day. Like any
other day, these 14th St. merchants, most of whom are Bangladeshi,
made change for Diallo, watched his wares while he prayed and
chatted with the 22-year-old West African immigrant on his favorite
subjects: basketball and Islam.
A US federal
appeals court overturned the convictions of 3 white police officers
in the Abner
Louima torture case, finding insufficient evidence they obstructed
Amadou Diallo Educational, Humanitarian & Charity Foundation Started
in August 1999 by Saikou A. Diallo, the father of Amadou Diallo,
to insure his son's death would not be in vain. The foundation's
primary objective is to memorialize Amadou's name by furthering
the causes that laid the foundation to Amadou's life; education,
humanitarian causes and charity. In addition, the foundation looks
to Support efforts dedicated to the eradication of police brutality
and racial profiling.
- Dedicated to Amadou Diallo, his family, each and every Guinean
throughout the world, and to the hundreds of thousands of individuals
who have quietly, and not so quietly, honored his memory with
prayers, protests and various expressions of the heart.
in the Court TV Archives - Complete case coverage.
autopsy report - Amadou Diallo was unarmed when he was killed
by police in a fusillade of 41 bullets outside his Bronx apartment
house on Feb. 4, 1999. Now the four officers are on trial for
second-degree murder. The following autopsy report was prepared
by Joseph Cohen, M.D., of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner
for the City of New York. Cohen took the stand February 8, 2000
for the prosecution. He testified that various gunshot wounds
indicate that Diallo was shot repeatedly while already down.
officers' attorneys: shooting was reasonable accident, not
against officers in Diallo Shooting - Full Indictment - The
grand jury of Bronx County, by this indictment, accuses the defendants
First Count - Murder
in the second degree:
The defendants, acting in concert with each other, on or about
February 4, 1999, in Bronx County, with intent to cause the death
of a person, did cause the death of Ahmed Diallo by shooting him
Second Count - Murder in the second degree:
The defendants, acting in concert with each other, on or about
February 4, 1999, in Bronx County, under circumstances evincing
a depraved indifference to human life, did recklessly engage in
conduct which created a grave risk of death to another person,
and thereby caused the death of Ahmed Diallo, by shooting him
Third Count - Reckless endangerment in the first degree
committed as follows: The defendants, acting in concert with each
other, on or about February 4, 1999, in Bronx County, under circumstances
evincing a depraved indifference to human life, did recklessly
engage in conduct which created a grave risk of death to another
person by shooting him with pistols into a building.
of the Diallo Police Shooting Case
Diallo Trial, It's All Pace and No Race - A TIME.com special
report on the case that is putting get-tough policing tactics
Diallo Trial Has Not Been Kind to Defense - There's still
time for police officers' side to regroup; upcoming testimony
will be key to verdict.
Trial, a Mother's
acquitted of all charges in Diallo shooting - The defense
successfully claimed that Amadou Diallo was responsible for the
events that led to his accidental shooting. Lawyers for the officers
argued that Diallo, for reasons unknown, failed to heed a police
order to halt, making a routine police stop-and-question escalate
into a shooting.
jurors say prosecutors made 'huge mistakes' - Some of the
jurors who acquitted the four white New York City police officers
in the shooting death of an unarmed black man are speaking out,
blaming the outcome of the murder trial on prosecutors.
Amadou Diallo case: The social and political roots of police
lethal shooting of unarmed African immigrant Amadou Diallo
- A year after the killing, the officers responsible for Diallo's
death were acquitted on all charges in an Albany state court.
Civil rights activists have protested the verdict, and now the
Justice Department may file a civil rights case against the officers.
department will "look at" Diallo case - With hundreds of protesters
marching outside his office, the U.S. Deputy Attorney General
said that the Justice Department will look at the Amadou Diallo
shooting case. However, Eric Holder warned that a civil rights
case against the four NYPD officers acquitted of murder and reckless
endangerment charges would be difficult to prosecute.
- What has happened in New York City since the acquittal of four
police officers in the shooting death of immigrant Amadou Diallo.
parents sue New York City - The parents of Amadou Diallo sued
the city and the 4 policemen involved in their son's shooting
death for $81 million, including $1 million for each of the 41
bullets fired. The remaining $40 million was for pain and suffering
endured since the Feb. 4, 1999 killing of their son. Suit
filed by parents of Amadou Diallo against City of New York.
if you had been Amadou Diallo
son loves cops - How and when do I tell him about Amadou Diallo?
verdict - Behind the acquittal of four officers is a clear
indictment of standard police procedure in Giuliani's New York.
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