NY Cop That Shot Amadou Diallo Promoted

The mother of Amadou Diallo, a Black West African immigrant who was fatally wounded by four white police officers in the Bronx on Feb. 4,  1999, is furious after finding out that one of the officers involved has been promoted.

Officer Kenneth Boss was promoted to sergeant nearly 17 years after the shooting.

“For doing what? Killing my son?,” a bewildered Kadiatou Diallo asked the New York Daily News. “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.”


Boss, who was working that night with the NYPD street crime unit, fired 5 shots after Diallo, 22, reached for his wallet in the dark while standing in his apartment building’s vestibule. He is slated to receive his new rank on Thursday, along with a pay increase.

A total of 19 bullets hit Diallo. His family reached a $3 million settlement with the city in 2004.

Boss’ promotion was mandated by police policy and is not subject to review by NYPD brass.