In 1984, Bernhad Goetz shot four black males on the New York City Subway. He had a feeling that they were going toÂ rob him because he had been robbed before. Even though the jury acquitted him, Goetz did 8 months for illegal weapsons possession. This case raised the standards of the justifiable homicide defense which wouldn’t be felt again until…
1999. Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant was killed by four officers. The officer’s lawyers argued that they reasonably feared that their lives were in danger and had to react. The trail was supposed to be held in The Bronx, but the courts felt the trial wouldn’t be fair because The Bronx is 2/3’s Black and Hispanic. So it was moved to Albany where it’s only 1/8 Black and Hispanic. After two days of deliberations and Chinese take-out, a jury acquitted the officers of all charges.
2004. Nineteen year old Timothy Stansbury Jr. is shot and killed because Officer Richard Neri didn’t expect him to be on the other side of the door when he opened it. The officer was exonerated.
2005. Ousmane Zongo is killed by Officer Conroy. Conroy is claiming self-defensive. The jury is still out, but expect history to repeat itself.
In the words of KRS-One, who protects us from you?