Remembering Trayvon and Amadou—
On Feb. 5 #TrayvonMartin would have turned 23 years old. We send light and love to his family and continue to stand with them. Justice for Trayvon sparked a movement that opened the eyes of many to such blatant injustice.
19 years ago on Feb. 4, 1999 Amadou Diallo was shot and killed. He was a 23-year-old immigrant from Guinea that was shot and killed by four NYPD plain-clothed officers after they mistook him for a rape suspect from one year earlier. The officers fired a combined total of 41 shots, 19 of which struck Diallo, outside his apartment on Wheeler Avenue in the Bronx. The four were part of the now-defunct Street Crimes Unit. All four officers were charge with second-degree murder and acquitted at trial in the state capital. The National Action Network has stood with the Diallo family and fought for justice for Amadou since 1999.
One born 23 years ago and one died at age 23 on these days. Please keep the family in your hearts and prayers. Grief doesn’t end when the rallies stop shouting their names. Their names will always be reverberating inside the heads and hearts of their family.