Jennifer C. Hunt

in Seven Shots

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226360904
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226360911 | DOI:

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This chapter outlines the concerns about terrorism that came to the forefront of police consciousness only to momentarily dissipate under the weight of a bloody trial. On February 4, 1999, a twenty-three-year-old African immigrant, Amadou Diallo, was shot by police forty-one times while he was standing in the hallway of the apartment building where he lived in the Bronx. It was typical with organizational accidents to attribute blame to the lowest-ranking participants. Almost every cop had a theory about why the shooting occurred, some of which became part of the collective memory of the event that persists today. On the morning of 9/11, Paul Yurkiw was off duty and after the World Trade Center disaster, Keith Ryan was transferred from the Intelligence Unit back to the Emergency Service for the duration of the search and recovery operation. One of the worst parts of the post-9/11 experience was the endless flow of funerals.

Keywords: terrorism; police; Amadou Diallo; shooting; 9/11; Emergency Service

Chapter.  26122 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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