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February 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
Several of the police bullets that hit Amadou Diallo struck him as he was falling or was on the ground, with one slug entering the bottom of his shoe, a medical examiner testified Tuesday at the murder trial of four New York City officers. The trial of the white officers has focused on whether they thought the unarmed black man was a threat when they fired at him in the vestibule of his apartment building in the Bronx last year.
February 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Amadou Diallo's next-door neighbor testified at the Albany, N.Y., murder trial of four New York City police officers that, moments after Diallo died in a hail of 41 police bullets, she overheard a man making a remark suggesting a cover-up. "OK. OK. We're going to say this," Ida Vincent quoted the unidentified man as saying. Diallo, an unarmed black man, was shot 19 times last February by white plainclothes officers.
February 2, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A 12-member jury including four blacks was seated in Albany, N.Y., for the trial of four white New York City police officers charged with murdering an unarmed African immigrant in a barrage of 41 bullets. Amadou Diallo, 22, was gunned down last February in the vestibule of his apartment building in the Bronx, shot 19 times by members of an elite street-crime unit who said they thought the street vendor was armed.
December 14, 1999 | From Associated Press
A white former police officer was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for torturing a Haitian immigrant with a broken broomstick in one of the most shocking acts of police brutality New York has ever seen. Justin Volpe, 27, who pleaded guilty to violating the victim's civil rights, could have gotten life without parole for the 1997 attack. "I hurt many people. I was and still am ashamed. . . . I am extremely sorry," Volpe told U.S. District Judge Eugene Nickerson.
December 2, 1999 | From Reuters
New York City police stop and search disproportionately more blacks and Latino than whites, according to statistics released Wednesday that appeared to confirm a long-held perception among minority residents. The study, commissioned by New York State Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer after a public debate over last February's killing of an unarmed African immigrant in a barrage of 41 police bullets, found that one "stop and frisk" out of seven did not meet the legal definition of "reasonable suspicion."
Alton White still remembers what apologetic New York police officers said when they set him free: He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. On a hot July afternoon, the black star of "Ragtime" on Broadway was arrested in the lobby of his Harlem apartment building, along with five other men. Police were looking for several males suspected of dealing drugs, but they handcuffed everyone in the vestibule and took them down to the local precinct for questioning.
September 25, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A construction worker was convicted of punching a New York City police horse in the nose during a 1998 labor union rally. Jimmy Hornacek, 35, of Hazlet, N.J., faces up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine or a year's probation when he is sentenced Nov. 9 in Manhattan Criminal Court. Hornacek was accused of hitting the horse twice during the rally of 40,000 construction workers that turned violent in Manhattan.
September 1, 1999 | From Reuters
The fatal shooting by New York City police of a man alleged to have hit a sergeant with a hammer brought a fresh round of criticism Tuesday for a department already accused of brutality in several cases. Police responding to a complaint at a Brooklyn apartment fired about a dozen bullets Monday night at 31-year-old Gideon Basch, striking him in the torso several times and killing him.
June 26, 1999 | Associated Press
The imam of the mosque where Malcolm X once preached has been appointed the first Muslim chaplain of the New York Police Department. Izak-El M. Pasha, 48, will serve the NYPD for free because his religious beliefs prevent him from receiving compensation. The department has six other chaplains who are Catholic, Jewish and Protestant.
June 22, 1999 | From Associated Press
Two plainclothes police officers were indicted Monday on federal charges of lying to authorities investigating the torture of a Haitian immigrant in a police station bathroom. Rolando Aleman, 28, and Francisco Rosario, 34, were decorated members of the roving Street Crime Unit who were booking a gun suspect at the precinct at the time of the assault on Abner Louima on Aug. 9, 1997. During questioning, they "repeatedly lied and misled the federal government about what they saw in the station house that morning," said prosecutor Alan Vingrad.
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