Friday, February 18, 2000

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  • Diallo Judge Issues Rules On Jury Instruction

    The judge presiding over the trial of the four white New York City police officers charged with murdering African immigrant Amadou Diallo said yesterday that he would accept a request by both the defense and the prosecution to add lesser charges to the two counts of second-degree murder each officer faces. The lesser charges include manslaughter in the first and second degree and criminally negligent homicide, the last of which carries a minimum sentence of probation.

  • Bronx Resident Describes Being Attacked By Mcmellon the Night of Diallo’s Killing

    This week Democracy Now! looked at what the officers who killed Amadou Diallo were up to in the hours before the killing. In one incident–referred to in the trial as the "Boynton Avenue" incident just an hour and a half before Diallo’s killing–two young men who were brothers say they were assaulted by two teams of officers from the Street Crimes Unit, one of which was comprised of the four officers who killed Diallo. Twenty year-old Maurice Washington says that he was beaten and arrested by three officers outside his Bronx apartment building. He said one of them was Edward McMellon.

  • Frank Serpico On Police Corruption

    As scandals of police misconduct and corruption unravel across the country–from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart division scandal, to the Diallo and Abner Louima police brutality trials in New York, to accusations of misconduct in Pittsburgh–we now turn to former police officer who became known when he exposed deep-seated corruption at the New York Police Department in the 1970’s. His name is Frank Serpico, and he was portrayed by Al Pacino in the 1973 movie "Serpico."

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