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Thursday, April 1, 1999

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  • One Thousand Demonstrators Present As Diallo Indictments Handed Down

    Surrounded by hundreds of off-duty police officers, as well as the parents and supporters of the man they killed, four white New York police officers were indicted yesterday on second degree murder charges for the shooting death of Amadou Diallo. Diallo, an unarmed Guinean immigrant, died last February 4 in the vestibule of his Bronx apartment building in a hail of 41 bullets. Officers Kenneth Boss, Sean Carroll and Edward McMellon and Richard Murphy, who belong to the city’s controversial street crimes unit, plead not guilty to the charges, and left the Bronx State Supreme Court after each posted a $100,000 bail. Diallo’s parents, Kadiadou and Saiku Diallo, flew from Guinea for the indictments and later held a press conference with a team of their lawyers, headed by Johnnie Cochran.

  • Tribute to Samori Marksman: A Man Who Democratized the Voices of the People

    More than three thousand people packed into the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan yesterday for the funeral of Samori Marksman, the admired and beloved Program Director of Pacifica station WBAI. St. John the Divine is the largest gothic cathedral in the world. Samori died early last Tuesday, March 23, and left behind a wife, Rita, two daughters, Lindiwe Ona, Zindzi Sonjay, and a son, Kaifa, as well as two brothers, three sisters and many others.