15 Years and 41 Shots Later
15 Years ago today, 41 shots rang out in the darkness of a Bronx street corner.
19 of those shots hit a 23 year old man named Amadou Bailo Diallo.
Amadou did nothing wrong... other than matching a description.
He died holding his wallet in his hand and with four police officers standing over him named Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss.
Each one of those men never served a day in jail for the killing of Amadou Diallo.
Those are the facts of the case. The four officers were plain clothed, they confronted Diallo, he stepped into his buildings vestibule and pulled out his wallet - that's when one of the officers yelled "GUN!" And all but emptied their pistols into the man standing in front of them.
According to the NY Times, "Two of the officers, Sean Carroll, 35, and Edward McMellon, 26, emptied their weapons, firing 16 shots each, the police said. Officer Kenneth Boss, 27, fired his gun five times and Officer Richard Murphy, 26, fired four times.
As of 2012 Kenneth Boss was reinstated by Commissioner Kelly and currently is walking the streets of NYC with a police issued hand gun.
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