NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 4:21 AM
Kadiatou Diallo has helped provide scholarships to 27 young people through a foundation named for her son, Amadou.
Seventeen years after her son was cut down in a hail of 41 police bullets, Kadiatou Diallo no longer feels rage towards the NYPD.
She no longer dwells on what her ambitious son Amadou might have grown up to be. She no longer goes to sleep with tears in her eyes.
Kadiatou Diallo is, finally, at peace.
“I’ve traveled a long road to get to where I am now,” the 56-year-old mom told the Daily News on Wednesday.
Her journey continues Thursday, the anniversary of her son’s death, when the organization she founded to honor him holds its first-ever gala to raise money for college scholarships.
The event at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem will feature a panel discussion focusing on how to improve police and community relations. All proceeds will go toward providing college educations to those in need.
“It’s almost like celebrating Amadou,” his mother said. “Picking him up from where he was in the vestibule with the 41 bullets, dusting him off and giving him back his story. His aspirations to go to college. His belief in the dream, the American dream.
The 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo remains one of the city’s most notorious police brutality cases.
“Other young people will be achieving through his legacy,” she added. “That’s where I found peace.”
The slaying of Amadou Diallo, a 22-year-old immigrant from Guinea, remains one of the city’s most notorious police brutality cases.
Mourners came to the makeshift memorial in front of the building where Amadou Diallo was shot in 1999.
Four officers approached Diallo outside his Bronx home on the evening of Feb. 4, 1999. The cops believed he matched the description of a rape suspect.
Diallo reached for his wallet inside his dimly lit vestibule. Thinking it was a gun, the cops unleashed a barrage of 41 bullets.
The unarmed Diallo was struck 19 times.
The four officers were cleared of criminal charges. One, Kenneth Boss, was promoted to sergeant in December — a move that galled Kadiatou Diallo.
In recent years, she has spoken out against police brutality and gun violence with the parents of other black men killed by cops, including Eric Garner, Sean Bell and Ramarley Graham.
The family members are among those expected to attend the event that she, former Mayor David Dinkins and former Gov. David Paterson are hosting.
“We have this special bond,” Diallo said. “We share a common loss.”
To date, the Amadou Diallo Foundation has provided scholarships to 27 young people, Kadiatou Diallo said.
She’s looking forward to helping dozens more achieve their goal of attending college — an opportunity that her son never had the chance to realize.
“He lived a short life — 23 years — but his legacy will endure and help others,” Kadiatou Diallo said. “This is why I say I have found my peace.”