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(en) US, news: Statement on Diallo Murder Acquittals

From Black Radical Congress <blackradicalcongress@email.com>
Date Wed, 1 Mar 2000 03:30:01 -0500

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The Following is a Press Release/Statement from the Black Radical Congress

Black Radical Congress (BRC)
P.O. Box 490365
Atlanta, GA 30349
(404) 768-2529

For Immediate Release

February 28, 2000

Contact: Bilal Ali, 323-733-2107, 626-716-7959
         Ashaki Binta, 404-768-8801, 770-331-5818

The Black Radical Congress Condemns the Acquittal of 
Four Police Officers in the Murder of Amadou Diallo

	The acquittal of four police officers in the 
vicious and inhumane murder of African immigrant Amadou
Diallo on February 25th must be vigorously condemned, and
exposed as a license for continued police terror in Black
and poor communities across this country. Brother Diallo 
was only 22 years old, a native of Guinea, West Africa.

	The Black Radical Congress calls on all BRC 
Local Organizing Committees, grassroots and community
organizations, social justice organizations, unions and
workers rights groups, the Black press and community and
political activists world-wide to issue press statements,
pass leaflets, speak-out, organize demonstrations, meetings
and actions to condemn and expose the unjust acquittals. We
should join and/or send letters of support for the ongoing
demonstrations occurring at this moment in New York to
protest the unjust verdict.

	The Diallo murder and the acquittal of the four
officers who shot more than 40 times at Brother Diallo,
massacring him with 19 bullets, demonstrates to the world
community that Black life, poor life, and the innocent are
worthless and expendable in U.S. society.

	Racist police terror against the Black community 
has clearly been on the rise in the last decades of the 
20th century and ominously pushes these historic acts of
state condoned racist violence and terror against our
community into the 21st century.

	The conditions of oppression and the historic 
and systemic injustices facing the African American people,
forces us to see that only an organized political movement
for liberation can end the brutality of the so-called
judicial system, the courts, and U.S. society in general.

	Court testimony placed in the record by the
prosecutors of the four officers suggested a police cover-
up, in that Diallo next door neighbor Ida Vincent testified
overhearing statements below her window just after hearing
the gun shots saying, "Ok, Ok. We're just going to say this." 
Moreover, there was also testimony that the young immigrant
may have been shot while lying on the ground. This according
to New York City medical examiner Dr. Joseph Cohen, who
performed the autopsy and who testified in the trial.
Defense attorneys for the officers provided "expert"
testimony against the medical examiners findings.

	The Diallo murder must be placed in the context of
the wider struggle in the United States against all forms 
of racist acts of violence and police state terror. In Los
Angeles, as the Diallo Case was being tried, more than 70
current and former police officers have been placed under
investigation for corruption in which it has been exposed
that a conspiracy exists within the LAPD for planting
evidence, shooting unarmed and innocent people, wrongful
convictions, drug trafficking, and police cover-ups. One 
of the officers being investigated, Rafael Perez, testified
in the investigation that "officers in the department's
Rampart Division actually gave each other awards after 
being involved in shooting unarmed and innocent people."

	Recently, the state of Illinois imposed a 
moratorium on the state's death penalty after it was
revealed that 13 prisoners condemned to death and facing
execution were actually innocent. Mumia Abu Jamal remains
incarcerated and facing death as a result of the U.S. system
of injustice.

	Millions of Black and other people of color and the
poor languish in the jails and prisons across America while
the innocent are harassed, beaten, and murdered on the streets. 
We must build a national fight back and a national movement
to stem the tide of brutality against our communities.


The Black Radical Congress
National Office
P.O. Box 490365
Atlanta, GA 30349
Phone: (404) 768-2529
Fax: (404) 614-8563

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