Kadiatou Diallo says she hopes Sgt. Kenneth Boss (pictured) moves on from her son’s death.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 8:29 PM
Amadou Diallo’s mom says she wants to meet one of the police officers who killed her son.
There was a time when Kadiatou Diallo was unable to see past her grief — bewildered at how four cops could have seen a threat in her gentle son, gunning him down in a hail of 41 bullets.
Those days are past her.
Upon learning that Sgt. Kenneth Boss — one of the cops who killed her son in the Feb. 4, 1999, shooting — was being honored Thursday for saving two lives, she said the news actually lifted her spirits — and said she hoped to meet him one day.
Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou, says she’s now at peace.
(Michael Schwartz/for New York Daily News)
“I’m at peace, and I don’t want him to be followed by this the rest of his life,” she told the Daily News. “He’s the one who stubbornly believed he wanted to be a police officer … that he has something to offer, to help people. And that is good. And that is what I want.”
Boss, who was acquitted at trial after firing five shots at Diallo, is the only one of the four Bronx cops who remains with the NYPD.
Police Officer Sean Carroll — who shouted in a horrible mistake that the 23-year-old Guinean immigrant had a gun, sparking the fusillade — retired in 2005. Officers Richard Murphy and Edward McMellon joined the FDNY.
Amadou Diallo was shot to death by cops in 1999.
Front page of the Daily News on Feb. 5, 1999.
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Police traced at least three bullets that hit Diallo to guns fired by Boss, McMellon and Carroll.
Assigned to the NYPD aviation unit, Boss was named “Sergeant of the Year” by his union, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, for rappelling from a helicopter and rescuing a couple of boaters in May who found themselves stranded overnight on a small island in Brooklyn’s Jamaica Bay.
He was one of eight NYPD sergeants honored Thursday during the annual luncheon at Giando on the Water in Williamsburg.
Boss declined to speak to reporters.
SBA President Ed Mullins called Kadiatou’s words “kind,” and said Boss “has been put under a spotlight for many, many years.”
“Unlike every other American, he was tried and acquitted, and in this country when that happens you are set to go free,” Mullins said. “He’s never really been set to go free.”
“He will be judged one day by a higher authority and not by us,” the union head added. “We would rather look ahead than behind.”
Kadiatou — who has become a galvanizing force for families who have suffered similar fates at the hands of cops — said she has not given up the fight for justice and reform.
“The first thing I would do is talk to him about who Amadou was,” she said. “If he ever met him, he would have known there was no way Amadou could ever harm him or anyone else.”
Diallo added, “For the rest of his life, whatever else (Boss) does, he’ll be remembered as one of the officers involved with Amadou. I don’t want to add to what he went through. I pray for healing. I wish for him to move on in a constructive way, to do good, and that is what he is doing.”