Yesha Callahan

One of the NYPD Officers Who Fired 41 Shots at Amadou Diallo Is Getting a Promotion


Kenneth Boss, one of the officers who fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo on Feb. 4, 1999, is getting a promotion.

Diallo, a street vendor, was unarmed when he encountered four plain-clothed police officers outside his apartment building. While they claimed he reached for a weapon, after firing dozens of bullets, the officers realized the West African immigrant was merely trying to grab his wallet. Diallo was hit 19 times.

Boss fired five bullets at Diallo, and is the only officer involved in the incident who still remains on the force. Now, he’s a sergeant.

Diallo’s mother, Kadiatou Diallo, called the move a “stab in the heart.”

“You have so many police officers out there who deserve to be promoted, and this man is being promoted?” she said in the New York Daily News.

“For doing what? Killing my son? I don’t have any hatred or revenge in my heart, but my life was changed forever that day. This is a stab in the heart.”

According to NYPD officials, Boss’ promotion is mandated solely by department policy and did not need to be reviewed or approved.

Reverend Al Sharpton, who led citywide protests and served as an advisor to Diallo’s family after his death, called the promotion “disgraceful.”

“I think it’s disgraceful and sends the wrong signal at a time when nationwide we are raising the question of police reform,” he said.

“This was one of the most obvious cases of police brutality,” Sharpton continued. “He could have been thrown off the force immediately after it happened.”

Shapton is planning to organize a rally outside of police headquarters, but Diallo’s mother, who has been outspoken about police brutality since her son’s tragic death, thinks Boss’ fellow officers should object to his promotion.

“Members of the NYPD should come out and say something against this,” Kadiatou Diallo said. “If they are brave enough, they will stand up for what’s right.”

  1. December 17, 2015 - Reply

    Kenneth Boss is not a cop, he’s a POS! His promotion is a slap in the face to
    Amadou Diallo’s family. He was part of the notorious SCU up in the Bronx back in the day. This unit of thugs pretending to be undercover cops terrorized black and brown communities for decades. Planting evidence, trumped up charges, brutality and extortion were their MO’s.
    Although Amadou Diallo was an illegal immigrant, he had no criminal record and and no weapon at the time of his death. 41 shots were fired at him by thug cops due to mistaken identity. The incident stands as one of the most horrific cop killings in NYC to date.

  2. December 17, 2015 - Reply

    For a cop, involved in the murder of Amolou Diallo, to receive a promotion is a disgrace. I remember when the events happened. It happened in early 1999 when I was in high school. Hundreds of courageous protesters were arrested back in NYC over 10 years ago, because they stood up against the police terrorism of black and brown communities. Back then, Patrick Lynch defended the murdering cops. Sister Kadiatou Diallo is right. In this sense, the struggle continues. We believe in goodness. We want to help fellow people in this life. One of the ways to help human beings is to pray, to defend the families of the victims of evil, and stand up for what is right. Kenneth Boss should be immediately fired. Him receiving a promotion is disrespectful to Amandou Daillo’s family. The Blue Wall of Silence (as the NYPD is a large police force with massive surveillance powers, etc.) certainly must end order for not only accountability to exist, but for families to experience justice.

    • December 17, 2015 - Reply

      My cousin , who lived in Soundview BX at that time, was arrested for disorderly conduct. You’re right about Lynch, he praised the cops and demonized Amandou Daillo. The SCU squad was disbanded, except for Boss.

      • December 17, 2015 - Reply

        @Chazz A

        The SCU squad was like a terrorist squad. These crooked cops inflicted harassment, abuse, and even murder against our communities in the States. The struggle continues without question.

        • December 17, 2015 - Reply

          No doubt, the struggle continues

  3. December 17, 2015 - Reply

    This poor man was killed in such a savage manner. I am not surprised this cave beast received a promotion especially in this corrupt police culture, this is so disgusting. May he rest in paradise.

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