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Amadou Diallo, a Guinean man, was killed by NYPD officers 21 years ago. Today protesters still invoke his name as they fight for justice.

Amadou Diallo, a Guinean man, was killed by NYPD officers 21 years ago. Today protesters still invoke his name as they fight for justice, writes @_stopdropnroll_ 

After moving through the words of Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant and John Crawford, the final section is a stirring rendering of Eric Garner’s words, now a rallying cry: “I can’t breathe”

@Gladwell , who has been examining race & police violence since the killing of Amadou Diallo, suggests some police interactions go awry due to (incorrect) snap decisions driven, in part, by police having too many responsibilities. From today's show:

The song "American Skin," which Springsteen wrote after the police killing of Amadou Diallo in NYC, is 20 years old

… as the US convulses in unrest, I’ll talk w/ @Gladwell  , who has thought about race, policing, & power for decades (& who examined the dynamics America is confronting today in a 2005 exploration of Amadou Diallo’s killing by police) …

"They knew about it before George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo." @ScottieBeam  & @SylviaObell  discuss the burden put on Black people to help white people unlearn. LISTEN:

Tamir Rice would have turned 18 next week. Eric Garner said "I can't breathe" almost 6 years ago. 21 years ago Amadou Diallo was killed. His mom tells @JoyAnnReid  "Nothing has many have been killed since Amadou?" Time served by police in these cases: 0

Some, like Oscar Grant, are commemorated in film, "Fruitvale Station"; others, like Amadou Diallo, are memorialized in song, Bruce Springsteen's "American Skin (41 Shots)." These are their stories.


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The need for congressional action to reform policing in America was overdue long before the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, or Tamir Rice. It was overdue before Sandra Bland, Amadou Diallo, or Rodney King. That’s why I am a proud cosponsor of the #JusticeInPolicingAct 

Rodney King. Abner Louima. Amadou Diallo. Sean Bell. Oscar Grant. Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Laquan McDonald. Freddie Gray. Antwon Rose Jr. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Say Their Names.

Deep cut for those of us who remember. 20 years ago *yesterday* Pat Lynch (okay, fine, the Henry Winkler doppleganger) was the guy who called for a boycott of Bruce Springsteen concerts for writing the song "American Skin," about Amadou Diallo, who was killed by the police.

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Police fired 41 shots when they killed Amadou Diallo. His mom hopes today's protests will bring change.

On this day in 2000: Four cops were found NOT GUILTY for shooting Amadou Diallo 41 times

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