The Diallo Verdict

American Voicespatriotism ISSUE 36•08 Mar 8, 2000

On Feb. 25, four NYPD officers were acquitted in the shooting of Amadou Diallo, a West African immigrant who died a year ago when he was shot 19 times after police mistook his wallet for a gun. What do you think of this controversial acquittal?

  • “If Diallo was so innocent, why was he taking his wallet out of his pocket? Huh? Huh? Answer me that.”

    Michell Ness –
    Machinist

  • “What were those cops supposed to do? Draw their guns without firing and repeat their verbal warning?”

    Irene Pollack –
    Homemaker

  • “You have to understand, there's no time to reflect when you have to make a split-second decision whether to fire 41 times.”

    Tina Botte –
    Psychologist

  • “People are so misinformed about this case that they're missing the most important point: Amadou Diallo will never kill again.”

    Richard Lefkowitz –
    Orthodontist

  • “This is symptomatic of a much larger societal problem: the growing reliance of U.S. wallet manufacturers on gun-shaped designs.”

    Marcus Torrance –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Give those cops a break. It's not like they sodomized the guy with a mop handle or anything.”

    Mel Soonachian –
    Maintenance Worker