History of New York City Police Terrorism
Against Black/African Men

On December 22, 1994, 29-year old Anthony Baez was choked to death
by police officer Francis X. Livoti in the University Heights section of the
Bronx . In 1998, Livoti was convicted of violating Baez' civil rights, and two
other officers were convicted of lying on the witness stand at Livoti's trial.

On August 9, 1997, Police Officer Justin Volpe in Brooklyn sodomized
Abner Louima with a broken broom handle in the 70th Precinct
bathroom.  Officer Volpe eventually pled guilty and received a sentence of
30 years in federal prison. Other officers were also implicated and
convicted on charges stemming from the initial cover-up.

Amadou Bailo Diallo February 4, 1999 was a 23-year-old immigrant to
the United States from Guinea , who was shot and killed by four New
York City Police Department plain-clothed officers: Sean Carroll, Richard
Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss. The four men fired a total
of 41 rounds. Diallo was unarmed at the time of the shooting, and a
firestorm of controversy erupted subsequent to the event as the
circumstances of the shooting prompted outrage both within and outside
New York City .

On March 16, 2000, undercover narcotics detectives shot Patrick
Dorismond to death during a scuffle on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan . The
detectives had approached Dorismond, an unarmed security guard, to
purchase drugs. He attacked the undercover officer and was killed with
one shot by the officer in self-defense.

In 2003, acting on a bad tip from an informant, police mistakenly raided
the Harlem home of Alberta Spruill, a 57-year-old city worker.  The
violence of the incursion literally scared Spruill to death; she died of a
heart attack at the scene.

On May 22, 2003, 43-year old Ousmane Zongo, an immigrant from
Burkina Faso , was shot four times by Police Officer Bryan Conroy in a
Chelsea warehouse. In 2005, Conroy was found guilty of criminally
negligent homicide and sentenced to 5 years probation. In 2006, the city
awarded the Zongo family $3 million to settle a wrongful death suit.

On January 24, 2004, Housing Bureau officer Richard Neri, Jr.
accidentally shot to death Timothy Stansbury, a 19-year-old black man
who was trespassing on the roof landing of a Bedford-Stuyvesant
housing project. Stansbury was unarmed but had apparently startled Neri
upon opening the roof door coming upon the officer. At that point, Neri
discharged his service firearm and mortally wounded Stansbury.
Although Commissioner Kelly stated that the shooting appeared
"unjustified", a Brooklyn jury found that no criminal act occurred and that
the event was a tragic accident. Neri was thus cleared of all charges. The
city later agreed to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Stansbury
family. A grand jury declined to indict Neri but Kelly later suspended him
for 30 days without pay and permanently stripped him of his weapon.

On November 25, 2006, plainclothes police officers shot and killed Sean
Bell and wounded two of his companions, one critically, outside of the
Kalua Cabaret in Queens. No weapon was recovered. According to the
police, Bell rammed his vehicle into an undercover officer and hit an
unmarked NYPD minivan twice, prompting undercover officers to fire fifty
rounds into Bell 's car. A bullet piercing the nearby AirTrain JFK facility
startled two Port Authority patrolmen stationed there.  An undercover
officer claims he heard one of the unarmed man's companions threaten
to get his gun to settle a fight with another individual. On April 25, 2008,
Justice Arthur Cooperman cleared Detectives Michael Oliver and
Gescard Isnora manslaughter charges and Detective Marc Cooper of
recklass endangerment in the death of Sean Bell.

On November 12, 2007, five NYPD police officers shot and killed 18-
year-old Khiel Coppin. The officers responded to a 911 call where
Coppin could be heard saying he had a gun. When the officers arrived at
the scene, Khiel approached officers with a black object, which was later
identified as a hairbrush, in his hand and repeatedly ignored orders to
stop. This prompted officers to open fire at Coppin. Of the 20 shots fired,
8 hit Khiel, who died at the scene.[36] This shooting has been ruled to be
with both NYPD rules for the use of deadly force and the New York State
Penal Law provisions, so no charges, criminal or administrative, will be
filed against these officers.
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Dear Editor:
I'm trying to understand what possible motivation you may have had for
publishing that vile cartoon depicting the shooting of the chimpanzee that
went crazy. I guess you thought it would be funny to suggest that
whomever was responsible for writing the Economic Recovery legislation
must have the intelligence and judgment of a deranged, violent
chimpanzee, and should be shot to protect the larger community. Really?
Did it occur to you that this suggestion would imply a connection between
President Barack Obama and the deranged chimpanzee? Did it occur to
you that our President has been receiving death threats since early in his
candidacy? Did it occur to you that blacks have historically been
compared to various apes as a way of racist insult and mockery? Did you
intend to invoke these painful themes when you printed the cartoon?  

If that's not what you intended, then it was stupid and willfully ignorant of you not to
connect these easily connectable dots. If it is what you intended, then you obviously
wanted to be grossly provocative, racist and offensive to the sensibilities of most
reasonable Americans. Either way, you should not have printed this cartoon, and the
fact that you did is truly reprehensible. I can't imagine what possible justification you
have for this. I've read your lame statement in response to the outrage you provoked.
Shame on you for dodging the real issue and then using the letter as an opportunity to
attack Rev. Sharpton. This is not about Rev. Sharpton. It's about the cartoon being
blatantly racist and offensive.

I believe in freedom of speech, and you have every right to print what you want. But
freedom of speech still comes with responsibilities and consequences. You are
responsible for printing this cartoon, and I hope you experience some real
consequences for it. I'm personally boycotting your paper and won't do any interviews
with any of your reporters, and I encourage all of my colleagues in the entertainment
business to do so as well. I implore your advertisers to seriously reconsider their
business relationships with you as well.

You should print an apology in your paper acknowledging that this cartoon was
ignorant, offensive and racist and should not have been printed.

I'm well aware of our country's history of racism and violence, but I truly believe we are
better than this filth. As we attempt to rise above our difficult past and look toward a
better future, we don't need the New York Post to resurrect the images of Jim Crow to
deride the new administration and put black folks in our place. Please feel free to
criticize and honestly evaluate our new President, but do so without the incendiary
images and rhetoric.

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AFRICAN AND HISPANIC AMERICANS AGAINST
LIZ KRUEGER AND RICHARD GOTTFRIED
Mark Robinson
mrobinson808@gmail.com
New York City

Attention my fellow African and Hispanic Americans: Did you know
that LIZ KRUEGER AND RICHARD GOTTFRIED are trying to pass
a law that will prevent you from renting even for one day any
apartment that is located in a white neighborhood? The
"LAWMAKERS" listed above have joined other "LAWMAKERS" in
an effort to stop people of color from moving into buildings which
are occupied primarily by WHITES. Caucasian tenants in
predominately WHITE neighborhoods have been alarmed by the
sight PEOPLE OF COLOR "ROAMING" THE HALLWAYS OF
THEIR BUILDINGS when landlords were renting to SHORT STAY
TENANTS.

The SHORT STAY TENANTS can usually book a room over the internet
and the LANDLORD and their staff must accommodate them when they
arrive, they can not be legally turned away due to the color of their skin.
This ease of access by MINORITIES to WHITE NEIGHBORHOODS and
PREDOMINANTLY WHITE OCCUPIED BUILDINGS shocks the LONG
TERM RESIDENTS and they do not want us in their midst even if only for
one day. My friends and I frequently book a room in MANHATTAN, after
dinner and an occasional Broadway show, we do not feel like driving back
to New Jersey.

These short term stay apartments in Manhattan are extremely
inexpensive compared to a hotel room and we usually stay FRIDAY,
SATURDAY and SUNDAY night, then we head straight to work (my friends
and I all work downtown in the Financial District). On many occasions I
have seen and felt the UNWELCOME looks and DEMEANOR of the
CAUCASIAN permanent residents in these buildings which permit short
stay, I have read that both of the "LAWMAKERS" listed above have
capitulated to the demands of these WHITE PERMANENT RESIDENTS
and are now trying to pass a law that is basically SEGREGATIONIST and
it may actually be viewed as a HATE CRIME sanctioned and championed
by WHITE "LAWMAKERS". In the July 5, 2010 issue of the DAILY NEWS
Ms. KRUEGER is quoted as saying "Residents will no longer see their
apartment buildings OVERRUN by transient tourists" As you can see by
the choice of words used by her, she emphasizes overrun, sounds like
the kind of word used to describe Mice and Roaches or other vermin. In
the same article, Assembly bill sponsor Richard Gottfried called the
situation a "nightmare" where "you have strangers coming and going at all
hours".

The article further states that "MAYOR BLUMBERG SUPPORTS THE
MEASURE." The legislature is bowing to the demands of the
PREDOMINANTLY WHITE OCCUPIED BUILDINGS, where these
occupants are HORRIFIED at the prospect that PEOPLE OF COLOR CAN
LEGALLY LIVE IN THEIR MIDST. I have importuned everyone I know to
launch a campaign where the "LAWMAKERS" who vote for this RACIST
BILL RESIGN or BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.
Furthermore, everyone should write to their elected officials and ask that
the law should be changed to permit as many apartments that become
available in a building for SHORT STAY USE not just the 49 percent that
the current law permits. Now that will be TRUE INTEGRATION and end to
VILE AND DESPICABLE SEGREGATION. As a PARALEGAL and based
on my conversation with attorneys, we can sue the city and the lawmakers
if a Judge determines that the reasons stated for passing of this new law
is a sham and this will expose BLOOMBERG and other RICH
LAWMAKERS to a personal lawsuit where they will be personally be held
liable for what is essentially LEGISLATING A HATE BILL. NO ELECTED
OFFICIAL CAN CHANNEL HIS/HER HATRED OF MINORITIES INTO A BILL
THAT IS MOST PROBABLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

The Lawyers that I have spoken to suggested that it is probably
UNCONSTITUTIONAL for the "LAWMAKERS" or any "FEDERAL, STATE
OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT" to compel and dictate to any PROPERTY
OWNER the LENGTH OF TIME THAT HE/SHE MUST RENT ANY
APARTMENT. Finally, I reached out to attorneys who asked many
Assistant District Attorney if they recall a single crime that occurred or was
caused by a SHORT TERM STAY individual and all A.D.A's have
consistently responded that they have never come across a single case.
In light of the above, I urge you to call every legislator in your community
and send them a copy of this letter, we must not permit the BIGOTS and
RACISTS to prevail and we should be able to visit apartments outside our
"GHETTO" without interference from anyone.
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