THE BRONX - The Youth Ministry for Peace and Justice marched in honor of Amadou Diallo, a Guinean immigrant shot and killed by police 14 years ago today.
Diallo was shot 19 times outside of his apartment. The four NYPD police officers involved in the shooting were later acquitted of any wrongdoing. The officers testified they were searching for a rape suspect, and Diallo matched the description.
According to the testimony, Diallo was asked to stop and put his hands up, but he ignored their request and reached into his pocket. One of the officers shouted "gun," but it later turned out that Diallo was holding his wallet.
The incident led to a citywide discussion of issues like police brutality and racial profiling. The march ended at 1157 Wheeler Ave., Diallo's former home.