06 January 2004

$3 million is not enough. it's nice that the diallo family gets some sort of resolution -- they probably have very few resources for lawyers and trials and whatnot, after all -- but i can't believe the city, and the officers involved, avoided their responsibility so completely. the "apology" quoted in the times sounds like the shooting fell out of the sky. like an earthquake or a hailstorm, it just "occurred." regrettably, but apparently uncontrollably.

the officers were found not guilty of all criminal charges. no federal civil rights violations were found by the justice department. there wasn't even any departmental discipline. apparently the penalty for murder is now "retraining."

...whereas the penalty for offering the police your ID (while black) is death.