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Amadou Diallo was a 23 year old immigrant from Guinea. He had come to New York City to learn about biochemistry and was a regular citizen like anyone else. Then he was brutally murdered. This murder was one of the biggest and most publicized racial profiling court cases ever.
On the night of the murder, Diallo was outside his house, when four police officers walked up. None were in uniform. The officers were Edward McMellon, Sean Carroll, Kenneth Boss, and Richard Murphy. They saw Diallo and mistook him for a wanted rapist. They approached him, but he began to run towards his door. When at the top step, he reached into his jacket. The policemen thought he was going for a gun. Quickly, they whipped out their guns and fired 41 rounds straight at Diallo. After the shooting, the police discovered that it wasn't a gun at all, Amadou had just been going for his wallet to bring out identification.
Diallo's death sparked many protests. His mother and stepfather filed a $61,000,000 suit against NYC and its offices for gross negilence, wrongful death, racial profiling and violations of Diallo's civil rights. They later accepted a $3,000,000 settlement. None of the officers were prosecuted.