September 29, 1999
Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss Charges in Diallo Case
The four officers involved in the fatal shooting of Amadou Diallo will go on trial in January.
A judge in the Bronx quickly rejected defense motions Wednesday to dismiss the case against the four NYPD Street Crime Unit officers. A tentative trial date was also set for January 3rd.
The four officers were in court for a pre-trial hearing.
Officers Sean Carroll, Edward McMellon, Kenneth Boss and Richard Murphy are accused of second degree murder and reckless endangerment charges stemming from the February shooting of the unarmed West African immigrant. The judge said Wednesday that grand jury testimony and evidence support those charges.
The defense argued that the intense media coverage surrounding the shooting put undo pressure on the grand jury to indict the officers.
After serving 30-day suspensions, the four accused officers remain on administrative duty within the Police Department.
Meanwhile, the officers got a large show of support Wednesday from fellow officers, as hundreds gathered outside the courthouse in a rally organized by the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. Many of the officers at the rally said the public simply underestimates the difficulties of their job.
Both of Diallo's parents were in court for the hearing this morning, as was the Reverend Al Sharpton.