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Amadou Diallo, 22, seen in this undated photo, was gunned down by four New York policemen in front of his home on Feb. 4, 1999. (AP File)
In February 1999, four New York City policemen searching for a rape suspect knocked on Amadou Diallo's door to question him. When he came to the door he reached inside his jacket, at which point the officers shot at him 41 times, hitting him with 19 bullets. The object Diallo was reaching for turned out to be his wallet.

There was immediate outcry from New York City residents, who vividly remembered the recent police torture of Abner Louima, an innocent man who was sodomized with a plunger handle by New York police officers inside a precinct office.

The incident reinforced already-existing perceptions that the NYPD uses excessive force, and prompted massive demonstrations against police brutality  and for punishments of the officers  in New York and Washington.

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N.Y. Prosecutor Wants Officers To Resign (Post, Feb. 29, 2000)

Juror Says Weak Case Made Diallo Verdicts Inevitable (Post, Feb. 28, 2000)

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