Monday, March 21, 2011
Your Rights Expire part 1
Amadou Diallo 1975 - 1999
Patrick Dorismond 1974 - 2000
Amadou Diallo was unarmed when he was shot 41 times in the Bronx by four plain-clothed NYPD officers on February 4, 1999. The officers were acquitted of charges of second degree murder and reckless endangerment on February 25 the following year. Three weeks later, Patrick Dorismond was shot to death by an undercover cop. Dorismond was also unarmed and, like Diallo, had not committed any crime. Claiming that Dorismond "was no altar boy" Giuliani released Dorismond's sealed juvenile records to show he had been arrested when he was thirteen. When he was criticized for violating Dorismond's privacy, the mayor argued that your rights to privacy expire when you do.
Abner Louima is referred to in this booklet. He was beaten by NYPD officers and sodomized with a toilet plunger in 1997 while in custody.
This is my favorite booklet in the series.