New York 1 News

May 8, 2001

Rangel Reaches Out To PBA In Wake Of Diallo Decision

RangelCongressman Charles Rangel says he's reaching out to the police officers' union in the wake of the NYPD's decision not to fire the four officers who shot Amadou Diallo. During an appearance on NY1's "The Road To City Hall" Monday night, Rangel said he feels many New Yorkers see police officers as criminals. However, the congressman says he doesn't want people to feel they can't turn to police for help. "I'm reaching out to [Pat] Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association," said Rangel. "I'm doing it publicly, and I've already done it privately. And I'm going to reach out to the Catholic Church, the Protestant churches and to the rabbis to meet with the head of the PBA and to tell him that we don't want this cloud over the reputation of our New York City Police Department." Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik decided two weeks ago to clear the Diallo officers of any wrongdoing. After that decision, the PBA released a statement saying Kerik had recognized that what happened was a tragedy, but not a crime or a violation of department guidelines.