#OnThisDay 1999 NYPD officers fatally shoot unarmed Amadou Diallo 41 times in front of his home - while reaching for his wallet.
". . . Diallo was standing near his building after returning from a meal. At about 12:40 a.m., police officers Edward McMellon, Sean Carroll, Kenneth Boss and Richard Murphy – all in plain clothes – drove by. Carroll later claimed that Diallo matched the general description . . .
". . . of a serial rapist reported a year earlier, or that he might have been a "lookout" for drug dealers operating in the area." He reached into his pocket for his wallet, one of the officers shouted "gun" and he was murdered on his door step.
Shocker alert no weapons or drugs were found. The NYPD ruled the officers had acted within policy. A Bronx grand jury indicted the four officers on charges of second-degree murder and reckless endangerment. A judge ordered a change of venue to Albany, New York and they were . . .
. . . of course acquitted. The family were awarded a $3 million settlement, the largest type of settlement at the time. Two years later, the case of Abner Louima, who was tortured by the NYPD, was successfully prosecuted by then AUSA for the Eastern District of NY Loretta Lynch.
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