1999: On the Killing of Amadou Diallo by New York Police

see the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/nghqjBwZTiE

American Skin 41 Shots — live in Tampa, FL 3/23/12

American Skin (41 Shots)” is a song written by Bruce Springsteen, inspired by the police shooting death of Amadou Diallo. It was written and premiered during the band’s 1999–2000 reunion tour. Springsteen first performed it in concert in Atlanta on June 4, 2000, the final concert before the tour’s final ten-show run at New York City‘s Madison Square Garden, where it was also featured. The performance led to some controversy in New York City, where the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association called for a boycott of Springsteen’s shows.It was played at several concerts in April 2012 on the Wrecking Ball Tour in response to the shooting of Trayvon Martin.. Springsteen performed the song on July 16, 2013, a few days following George Zimmerman‘s controversial not guilty verdict. It was again dedicated to Martin at the Limerick, Ireland, concert with Springsteen saying before the song “I want to send this one out as a letter back home. For justice for Trayvon Martin”.

Shooting of Amadou Diallo

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Shooting of Amadou Diallo occurred on February 4, 1999, when Amadou Diallo, a 23-year-old immigrant from Guinea, was shot and killed by four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers: Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss, who fired a combined total of 41 shots, 19 of which struck Diallo, outside his apartment at 1157 Wheeler Avenue in the Soundview section of The Bronx. The four were part of the now-defunct Street Crimes Unit. All four officers were charged with second-degree murder and acquitted at trial in Albany, New York.

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Jose Campos Torres, and Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo, and countless more of us

Gil Scott-Heron — Jose Campos Torres, and a Visual Poem for Oscar Grant

Gil Scott Heron’s “Jose Campos Torres” (1978) and video by TripleTruth

Trayvon Martin (no justice, just us)

Inspired by Gil Scott Heron’s “Jose Campos Torres” Brooklyn born lyricist/poet/singer Glennjamin Bishop digs deep and touches real-life issues and emotions in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin tragedy.
Published on Apr 4, 2012

So-called “police reviews” encourage police killings of innocents, order return of killer cops’ gun

Amadou Diallo’s Mother Angered That Officer Who Shot Son Gets To Carry Gun Again

by D.L. Chandler, hiphopwired.com,  October 3, 2012

Katiado Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo who was killed in a volley of 42 shots from NYPD guns 13 years ago

Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo who was killed in a volley of 42 shots from NYPD guns 13 years ago

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. Continue reading