Cops Found Not Guilty In Diallo Case

Four police officers accused of murdering New York immigrant Amadou Diallo were found innocent of that charge as well as manslaughter in Albany, N.Y., on Friday afternoon, according to Reuters. Diallo, who was unarmed, was shot by the officers in the Bronx on Feb. 4, 1999, as he stood in front of an apartment complex. The officers, who were pursuing another man at the time, fired 41 bullets, 19 of which hit Diallo. The shooting inspired Black Star's all-star protest single, "One Four Love," and the Public Enemy song "41:19." The two-part "One Four Love" — which features Rah Digga, Kool G Rap, Common and Doug E. Fresh and others as well as Black Star members Mos Def and Talib Kweli — will be released as part of an EP called Hip-Hop for Respect on March 14. "41:19," written by Flavor Flav, was released on Public Enemy's album There's a Poison Goin' On. Officers Sean Carroll, Kenneth Boss, Edward McMellon and Richard Murphy testified during the trial that they thought Ghana native Diallo, 22, was pulling a gun.