New York City Council’s BLAC Denounces Promotion of Sergeant Kenneth Boss

December 18, 2015
Contact: BLAC
BLACaucus@council.nyc.gov

New York City Council’s Black, Latino & Asian Caucus Denounces Promotion of Sergeant Kenneth Boss

“As elected officials in New York City, it was demoralizing to hear the news that one of the officers involved in the tragic death of Amadou Diallo was promoted as an NYPD Sergeant. The fact that Officer Kenneth Boss passed his civil service exam does not by any means indicate that he merits a promotion. Diallo’s death, 16 years ago, led to the demands for police reform in NYC and to months of civil disobedience coupled with the peaceful arrests of thousands of New Yorkers. Not only did our criminal justice system fail to obtain a conviction of this officer in 1999, but it enabled this officer involved in the shooting death of an unarmed young black man to be promoted simply because he is a good test taker. His involvement in the shooting should be reason enough to preclude him from taking the Sergeant’s exam. We urge the Mayor and the Commissioner to seriously consider the ramifications of allowing officers involved in cases of unarmed civilian deaths to remain on the force. The promotion of such an officer not only deepens the hurt in our communities, but casts a shadow on the promotions of so many deserving members of the Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Amadou Diallo on this difficult day.”

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