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(en) US, Diallo Backers Protest In Philadelphia

From DAMN <damn@tao.ca>
Date Sun, 5 Mar 2000 08:38:33 -0500


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Source: Rachel Rinaldo <rarinald@midway.uchicago.edu>
A crowd of protesters angry with the acquittal of four white New York City
police officers in the shooting death of an unarmed black man scuffled with
police and blocked rush-hour traffic Tuesday. The scuffle broke out as
police tried to clear a path for the car of Philadelphia District Attorney
Lynne M. Abraham. Protesters surrounded her car after she gave them a
thumbs-down sign. There were no arrests or reported injuries. 

The 75 people who gathered downtown and blocked some streets were marching
in support of Amadou Diallo, the West African immigrant who died a year ago
in New York when he was struck by 19 bullets in a barrage of 41 police
gunshots. 

The officers who were acquitted Friday testified they thoughtDiallo was
reaching for a gun when they confronted him in the vestibule of his Bronx
apartment building. Diallo actually was clutching his wallet. 

Meanwhile, Diallo's parents, their attorneys and the Rev. Al Sharpton plan
to meet with Department of Justice officials in Washington on Thursday to
discuss possibility of civil rights charges being brought against the officers.



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