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September 2, 1989 | DAVID TREADWELL, Times Staff Writer
It is a neighborhood of small shops, corner delis and tidy houses and apartment buildings with statues of saints adorning front-yard gardens. On summer evenings, families lounge in aluminum lawn chairs and chat merrily with their neighbors, many speaking in their native Italian, as kids play freely in the quiet streets.
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February 27, 2000 | From Reuters
Thousands of angry protesters marched down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Saturday, denouncing the acquittal of four white police officers in the shooting death of unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo. Carrying signs that read "Jim Crow justice" and "KKK cops," and shouting "Whose streets? Our streets!"
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May 20, 1990 | JOHN H. LEE and JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A black youth with a freshly cut fade hairstyle unleashed a slur at an elderly Puerto Rican woman as she passed through the boycott line in front of a Korean-owned grocery store in Flatbush. "You old whore," he said in Spanish with a Caribbean accent. The woman clutched the plastic-wrapped green cabbage she had just bought, looked down at the sidewalk and kept walking.
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February 26, 2000 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and LYNETTE FERDINAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the rain outside the Bronx building where four white policemen fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo, the crowd quickly gathered when the not-guilty verdicts were announced Friday. Some pulled wallets from their pockets and held them up--symbols of their rage. The image was stark. Diallo, a 22-year-old West African immigrant, was slain because the police mistook his wallet for a gun. "Assassinate! Assassinate!"
NEWS
September 12, 1989 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Voters go to the polls today to decide whether Edward I. Koch's dream of an unprecedented fourth term at City Hall will be kept alive or whether New York will have a chance in November to elect its first black mayor. The contest could be the closest Democratic primary in a dozen years, a classic clash of constituency politics. Political strategists agree that backlash and bigotry are the imponderables, and turnout will be the key. A last-minute poll showed Manhattan Borough President David N.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 1992 | RICK DU BROW
The tragedy was all too common: a young black man shot to death on the streets of Harlem. But this 1985 incident was a special case, and a talented cast offers up the tale Monday in the NBC film "Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story."
NEWS
August 31, 1989 | From Associated Press
Mourners packed a church and the street outside Wednesday to remember a black teen-ager killed last week by a white gang, cheering as the Rev. Louis Farrakhan and others demanded an end to racial violence. "We say, as the Jews say, 'Never again. Never again. Never again,' " the Black Muslim leader said to cheers and applause from more than 300 people attending Yusef Hawkins' funeral at Glover Memorial Baptist Church.
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June 12, 1990 | DAVID TREADWELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two teen-age whites convicted in the slaying of a black Brooklyn youth that fueled racial tensions here were given the maximum possible sentences Monday. Joseph Fama, 19, the reputed triggerman in the murder of 16-year-old Yusuf Hawkins by a white mob in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, received a sentence of 32 2/3 years to life in prison for his conviction on second-degree murder and other charges.
NEWS
February 27, 2000 | From Reuters
Thousands of angry protesters marched down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Saturday, denouncing the acquittal of four white police officers in the shooting death of unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo. Carrying signs that read "Jim Crow justice" and "KKK cops," and shouting "Whose streets? Our streets!"
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February 26, 2000 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and LYNETTE FERDINAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the rain outside the Bronx building where four white policemen fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo, the crowd quickly gathered when the not-guilty verdicts were announced Friday. Some pulled wallets from their pockets and held them up--symbols of their rage. The image was stark. Diallo, a 22-year-old West African immigrant, was slain because the police mistook his wallet for a gun. "Assassinate! Assassinate!"
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October 25, 1999 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 26, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Four police officers who killed an unarmed African immigrant in a barrage of bullets were indicted Thursday on charges of second-degree murder, a source close to the case said. The indictments come after days of protests outside police headquarters that brought hundreds of disorderly conduct arrests. The source, who has knowledge of the still-sealed indictment, spoke on condition he not be identified.
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March 21, 1999 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a war of nerves, New York-style--a clash over police conduct that gets uglier by the day--and so far Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani appears to be losing ground. On the heels of a Feb. 4 slaying in which police officers fired 41 bullets at an unarmed African immigrant, demonstrators have been holding daily protests at the city's police headquarters, angrily attacking Giuliani leadership on the issue and blasting police treatment of minorities.
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February 14, 1999 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a cool winter night, Amadou Diallo took a walk outside his Bronx apartment and returned after 12:45 a.m. This is all that is known of his last moments, except that he was suddenly cut down by a hail of police gunfire, 41 shots in all, as he stood in the hallway. Seconds later, the four police officers, who said they were investigating a serial rapist in the area, discovered that the 22-year-old West African immigrant was unarmed.
NEWS
April 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The city agreed to pay $1.35 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Jews who accused New York City Hall of not doing enough to protect them during race riots in Brooklyn's Crown Heights section seven years ago. Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani also offered a public apology for the actions of his predecessor, David N. Dinkins, who was blamed for not ordering a tougher police response during the four nights of clashes between blacks and Orthodox Jews.
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September 9, 1997 | Associated Press
Two police officers accused of sexually brutalizing a Haitian immigrant with a wooden stick were hit with new charges Monday that the attack was motivated by bias. Justin Volpe, 25, and Charles Schwarz, 31, pleaded not guilty to the previous charges along with a newly added one of aggravated harassment based on "race, color, religion or national origin." Volpe, Schwarz and two other officers charged with beating and tormenting Abner Louima are white; Louima is black.
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December 9, 1995 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight people were killed Friday after a shouting gunman burst into a Harlem clothing store that had been the target of recent demonstrations, seizing hostages and setting the building on fire. Police said the intruder, found with a revolver at his side, was among the victims, who were trapped in the blaze. Four people were wounded, three critically, by gunshots. Some customers doing Christmas shopping managed to escape before the building was engulfed by flames.
NEWS
March 30, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The manslaughter convictions of three white men in the 1986 death of a black man in the Howard Beach area of Queens in New York City were upheld by the state Court of Appeals in Albany, N.Y. Jon Lester, Scott Kern and Jason Ladone also had been found guilty of assault and conspiracy in an attack on three black men. One victim, Michael Griffith, 23, was killed by an oncoming car when he ran onto a highway while trying to escape. The court decided that a U.S.
NEWS
August 15, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 5-year-old videotape of a black man urging attacks against Jews on the streets of Brooklyn's Crown Heights has led to a second arrest in the 1991 slaying of a Hasidic scholar. The arrest of 43-year-old Charles Price on federal charges was praised by friends and family of the slain Yankel Rosenbaum, but it also renewed their criticism of the initial handling of the case. Price's lawyer said he is not guilty.
NEWS
December 10, 1995 | Reuters
Racial bias triggered by a landlord-tenant dispute may have touched off a murderous rampage in Harlem by a screaming, gun-wielding black man, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said Saturday. The man, who had been involved in protests against a white-owned clothing store, set a fire Friday that left eight people dead. He was one of those found dead in the burned-out store, with a gunshot wound to his stomach that appeared to be self-inflicted, police said.
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