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