NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 2:01 PM
Kenneth Boss (pictured in 2000) was one of four police officers charged in the death of Amadou Diallo, but all were acquitted of the charges. Boss is now set to receive a promotion to sergeant.
The lone active officer among the four cops who killed unarmed immigrant Amadou Diallo in a 41-shot Bronx fusillade is getting an NYPD promotion.
Kenneth Boss is set for a Friday bump to sergeant, 16 years after he squeezed off five of the shots in the deadly Feb. 4, 1999, gunfire sparked when the 22-year-old street vendor reached for his wallet.
A police source said the sure-to-be controversial promotion was unavoidable under civil service law because Boss passed the sergeant’s test and was not under internal investigation.
The source added that Boss deserved the sergeant’s stripes and pay raise.
“He’s worked his ass off,” the source said. “He passed the test. He should be left alone.”
Boss, a Marine reservist who did a tour in Iraq, refused to leave the NYPD after the killing that sparked daily protests outside Police Headquarters — followed by a trial where he and three fellow cops were acquitted of murder and other charges.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who advised the Diallo family after the slaying in a tiny vestibule outside a building on Wheeler Ave. in the Bronx, blasted the long-delayed promotion.
“I think it’s disgraceful and sends the wrong signal at a time when nationwide we are raising the question of police reform,” said Sharpton. “This was one of the most obvious cases of police brutality.”
Diallo, who came to the Bronx from his native Guinea, was struck and killed by 19 bullets as the Street Crime Unit cops opened fire. The city reached a $ 3 million settlement with the Diallo family in 2004.
The victim’s wallet was mistaken for a gun by Officer Sean Carroll, and all four cops on the scene started blasting away.
Unlike the other three cops — one retired, and two joined the FDNY — the 44-year-old Boss remained on the job and ought for his right to stay on the force. He’s a 21-year NYPD veteran.
His gun was only returned in 2012, and Boss was relegated to desk duty. He is currently assigned to the NYPD Aviation Unit.
Amadou Diallo, seen here in an undated photo, was shot in front of his home in the Bronx by NYPD cops on Feb. 4, 1999. The family of Diallo received $ 3 million from the city in a settlement.
Sharpton was irate that Boss was still on the force at all, regardless of the civil service guidelines.
“He could have been thrown off the force immediately after it happened,” said Sharpton. “You’re dealing with a situation where you had 41 shots, 19 that penetrated, of an unarmed man.”