City settles lawsuit with family of Amadou Diallo for $3 million
The city has reached a $3 million settlement with the family of Amadou Diallo, the unarmed West African immigrant killed by police nearly five years ago. Diallo was shot to death in the vestibule of his Wheeler Avenue apartment building by officers who said they mistook his wallet for a gun. The officers were tried and acquitted of criminal charges. On Tuesday, Diallo's parents spoke out about their son's death, saying they accept the apology from NYC officials. Diallo's parents, Saikou and Kadiatou, say it is not the end of the legacy of Amadou.
The Diallo family originally had sought $81 million in their negligence lawsuit against the city. But, city lawyers argued that Diallo "caused or contributed" to his death by assuming a "combat position" and disregarding police commands.