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|History of New York City
Police Terrorism Against
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
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|"Until the color of a man's skin is of no
more significance than the color or his
eyes, there will always be war. We
Africans will fight, if we find it necessary,
because we are confident of the victory
of Good over Evil."
Words of the King of Kings, Lord of
Lords, Conquering Lion of Judah, His
Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I
|"I have a dream that my four little
children will one day live in a
nation where they will not be judged
by the color of their skin but by the
countenance of their character." Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.