The February 1999 shooting death of unarmed immigrant Amadou Diallo at the hands of New York police still resonates deep in the minds of residents and opponents of police brutality to this day. 13 years later, the mother of Diallo grieves for her son and now has to relive the horror of his death once more.
A report from the New York Post finds Kadiatou Diallo, of the Republic of Guinea, angered by news that one of the officers involved in the shooting barrage will get his service weapon back – with the Diallo family saying that the cop will shoot and kill again.
Officer Kenneth Boss was one of four officers who fired 41 shots at Diallo, with 19 of which found their target. Boss fired five rounds from his service weapon, but was cleared of wrongdoing in a department trial along with Officer Michael Carey. After Commissioner Ray Kelly reinstated both Carey's and Boss' gun privileges, Diallo's mother accused him of lying.
“I'm shocked to learn this because Commissioner Kelly indicated that that would not happen,” Diallo said. “Kelly did not keep his word,” she added and said that the ruling was “the second shooting of my son.”
Diallo will call on activist Rev. Al Sharpton and former New York mayor David Dinkins and has a tentatively scheduled rally this coming Sunday (October 8th) to protest the decision to give Officer Boss his guns. Diallo's stepfather offered a grim warning in the wake of the news.
“He is going to shoot again. The same thing he did to Amadou he is going to do it to someone else,” said Sankarela Diallo.
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