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Shooting of Amadou Diallo (Original Post) still_one Jun 2020 OP
Thank you for the reminder, still_one. brer cat Jun 2020 #1
So many people whose lives have been destroyed. Hopeful something will still_one Jun 2020 #2
Oh, it goes farther back than the Diallo shooting JHB Jun 2020 #3
Absolutely still_one Jun 2020 #4
41 shots. Springsteen's "American Skin". roamer65 Jun 2020 #5
+++ still_one Jun 2020 #6

brer cat

(25,239 posts)
1. Thank you for the reminder, still_one.
Thu Jun 11, 2020, 09:23 PM
Jun 2020

I hadn't thought about him for a long while. There have been so many I can't keep them all top of mind. I feel deeply for the grief of their families.


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3. Oh, it goes farther back than the Diallo shooting
Thu Jun 11, 2020, 10:22 PM
Jun 2020

And, just keeping it to Rudy and not going back to stuff Frank Serpico shed light on, or any of the stuff before then...

Let's go to Rudy's unofficial mayoral campaign kickoff, the Sept. 16, 1992 police protest/riot about the Civilian Complaint Review Board:

Rudy’s Racist Rants: An NYPD History Lesson
By Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff, July 14, 2016

As many as 10,000 demonstrators blocked traffic in downtown Manhattan on Sept. 16, 1992. Reporters and innocent bystanders were violently assaulted by the mob as thousands of dollars in private property was destroyed in multiple acts of vandalism. The protesters stormed up the steps of City Hall, occupying the building. They then streamed onto the Brooklyn Bridge, where they blocked traffic in both directions, jumping on the cars of trapped, terrified motorists. Many of the protestors were carrying guns and openly drinking alcohol.

Yet the uniformed police present did little to stop them. Why? Because the rioters were nearly all white, off‐​duty NYPD officers. They were participating in a Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association demonstration against Mayor David Dinkins’ call for a Civilian Complaint Review Board and his creation earlier that year of the Mollen Commission, formed to investigate widespread allegations of misconduct within the NYPD.
Newsday reported on other instances of racial abuse. City Councilwoman Una Clarke, a petite black woman, was blocked from crossing Broadway “by a beer‐​drinking, off‐​duty police officer who said to his sidekick: ‘This n***** says she’s a member of the City Council.’ ”

Mary Pinkett, another black councilwoman, was trapped on the Brooklyn Bridge as her car was rocked back and forth by off‐​duty officers. The two elderly passengers in her car were terrified.

Much more at link, don't be put off by it being on the CATO Institute site.

After Diallo, there was Abner Louima, who wasn't killed but was horrifically assaulted by an officer within the precinct station house. I often come back to the Louima case because absolutely none of the usual excuses/rationalizations apply, yet it was all the "one bad apple" nonsense. They fought tooth and nail against prosecutions, and especially against any broader investigation of the precinct about what was happening on a daily basis that Volpe even imagined he could get away with something like that, and why others were so quick to aid in a coverup. Rudy never could bring himself to come out and say that there is simply no scenario where proper police procedure involves a plunger handle.

Still later there was Patrick Dorismond's death at the hands of undercover cops. They tried to sell him drugs, he refused, they wouldn't take no for an answer to the point where he took a slug at one of them, and in the ensuing scuffle he was shot dead. Rudy personally intervened there and unsealed Dorismond's juvie record to show what a bad guy he was. All it proved to everybody else is that Dorismond could have been a poster-guy for what juvenile justice is supposed to do to get someone who makes really bad decisions as a teenager to get back on track and contribute to society.

"America's Mayor" like hell. MAGAt Mayor, is what he was.
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