An officer involved in the 1999 shooting death of Bronx resident Amadou Diallo is set to receive an honor from the NYPD.
According to the New York Daily News, Sgt. Kenneth Boss will gain the title of “Sergeant of the Year.” The honor arrives after Boss, who now works in the NYPD’s aviation sector, rescued a couple who was stranded for more than 24 hours on a small island.
Boss was responsible for five of the 41 shots that killed Diallo that night of Feb. 4, 1999. Nineteen bullets struck the Guinea native’s body. Diallo died outside of his home in The Bronx’s Soundview area, after the four officers in question claimed he was reaching for a gun when he was actually reaching for his wallet. No officer was found guilty.
After this news, Amadou’s mother, Kadijatou Diallo, said she’s solely concerned with the foundation that was established in her son’s name, which focuses on academic scholarships for young black students. “That is where I find my peace,” she states.