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March 6, 2000

Attorney for Officer in Diallo Case Meets with Justice Department

Police union leaders and the attorney for one of the four officers acquitted in the Amadou Diallo shooting took their case to Washington D.C Monday. Attorney Stephen Worth, who represented Officer Edward McMellon, and Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch met with Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder for about thirty minutes. The group filed a brief on behalf of the four officers, saying they acted in good faith and that race played no role in Diallo's shooting. They asked for an expedited review, and Holder said a decision would be made in a matter of weeks. An Albany jury acquitted the four officers of all charges last month. The undercover officers shot Diallo in the vestibule of his Bronx apartment in February 1999 because they thought the West African immigrant was carrying a gun. Diallo was unarmed at the time of the shooting. The Diallo family, along with the Reverend Al Sharpton, met with Holder last Thursday while supporters staged a rally outside. The family has been calling for federal criminal charges to be filed against the officers. Holder assured the delegation that the Justice Department is looking into the case, but made no guarantees.