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Amadou Diallo: Some Observations by Another African Immigrant

Amadou Diallo: Some Observations by Another African Immigrant  Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome Department of African & African American Studies Fordham University, Bronx NY Ominira: Newsletter of the Department of African and African-American Studies at Fordham University, Vol. 1:1, Spring 1999. As an African immigrant to the United States, and the mother of two boys, I am still in shock over the assassination style-killing of Amadou Diallo, a 22-year old young man from Guinea. Amadou was, we are reminded at every turn, "a street peddler." Everyone who reads newspapers and or listens to the radio, and watches TV also knows that Amadou was also shot at by four police officers of the New York Police Department in a hail of 41 bullets. In the wake of the protests that his murder generated, one of the first responses by the Mayor of the city of New York is that we ought to have hollow or "dum-dum" bullets. From what I gather, if these bullets had been used,