The Chief

March 10, 2000

 

PBA Urges Feds Not to Try Cops In Diallo Case

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch and attorneys for the police officers recently acquitted in the fatal shooting of Amadou Diallo traveled to Washington, D.C. March 6 to argue against a Federal civil rights prosecution of the four cops.

Also joining the delegation, which was scheduled to meet with Deputy U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, was Thomas J. Scotto, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association and head of the National Association of Police Organizations.  

Counters Dinkins Group

The meeting between the police union officials and the Justice Department's second-in-command came four days after a group which included Mr. Diallo's parents, former Mayor David Dinkins, six city Congressmen and the Reverend Al Sharpton met with Mr. Holder urging Federal prosecution of the four Street Crime Unit officers--Sean Carroll, Edward McMellon, Kenneth Boss and Richard Murphy. 

Mr. Holder said that the Government is reviewing the case, but cautioned that civil rights actions against cops "are difficult cases to prosecute."

Mr. Lynch insisted that there is no basis for retrying the case and expressed his concern that "politics will seep into this case and take over for the facts."  W.V.A.