February 4, 2010 marks the 11th Anniversary of the Death of Amadou Diallo, the 23 year old Guinean immigrant and Soundview resident who was shot at 41 times, hit with nineteen bullets and killed by four New York City Police Officers.
Amadouís death sent shockwaves throughout Soundview, The Bronx, The City of New York and beyond as it highlighted issues of racial profiling, police brutality, contagious shooting and the growing need to enhance police-community relations.
As the NYS Assemblyman now representing the Soundview community, I urge us all to continue to pray for Amadou Diallo, for the entire Diallo family, and for the safety of our community.
While as a result if this tragedy, changes have been made in terms of police officer trainings and procedures, much remains to be addressed. Unfortunately, Amadou has not been the last victim of police shootings. As such, we must maintain an open dialogue about these issues and continue to implement changes in police procedures that will ensure the safety of both police officers who risk their lives on duty and the community residents they are trying to protect.