American Dreams #4: Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect

Shot on Elder Avenue in the Bronx: a mural painted in honour of Amadou Diallo, who lived just down the block; daily life in the 'hood, where people are de facto targets for police bullets, but go about their daily lives regardless, doing the shopping, sweeping the street, looking after the kids ...

16mm 8 minutes color 2009
distribution: collectif jeune cinema streaming + translation of lyrics
Amadou Bailo Diallo was a 23-year-old Guinean immigrant in New York City who was shot and killed, on his doorstep, on February 4, 1999 by four NYPD plain-clothed officers: Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss. The four officers fired a total of 41 shots. The shooting took place at 1157 Wheeler Avenue in the Soundview section of The Bronx. The four were part of the now-defunct Street Crimes Unit. All four officers were acquitted at trial in Albany, New York. Diallo was unarmed at the time of the shooting; a firestorm of controversy erupted subsequent to the event as the circumstances of the shooting prompted outrage both within and outside New York City, highlighting as they did the issues of police brutality, racial profiling, and contagious shooting endemic to policing in the city.