A List With Bullets

NYPD shooting deaths of civilians, starting with Diallo and not ending

A mistrial was declared last week in the manslaughter trial of a New York City cop who fatally shot West African immigrant Ousmane Zongo in May 2003 in Chelsea. The jury was reportedly deadlocked 10-2 for conviction but couldn't reach a unanimous verdict. The cop, Bryan Conroy, was the first NYPD officer to stand trial for a civilian shooting since the acquittal in February 2000 of four cops in the Amadou Diallo case.

Following is a partial list, based on published accounts, of shooting fatalities involving New York City cops since then, starting with Diallo:

February 4, 1999: Four officers in the Soundview section of the Bronx fire 41 bullets at unarmed Amadou Diallo, 22, hitting him 19 times.
Outcome: Cops Kenneth Boss, Edward McMellon, Richard Murphy, and Sean Carroll are acquitted of murder charges.

March 15, 1999: Mark Forde, 32, opens fire on officers during an alleged armed robbery in Brooklyn. They return 52 shots, killing Forde.
Outcome: The D.A. chooses not to prosecute.

May 25, 1999: Rodney Mason, 38, stabs Officer Steve DeLuca during a struggle at Mason's mother's Queens home. Sergeant Edward Heim fires one lethal shot at Mason.
Outcome: The D.A. chooses not to prosecute.

June 28, 1999: Renato Mercado, 63, refuses to drop his 17-inch-long machete after being confronted in the hallway of his Manhattan apartment building and is shot once in the chest by Officer Howard Sachs.
Outcome: A grand jury chooses not to indict.

August 9, 1999: Police open fire on 58-year-old Joe McGill after he flees a bank in the financial district that he was suspected of previously robbing.
Outcome: A grand jury chooses not to indict.

August 15, 1999: Wielding a 34-inch-long machete, Angel Reyes, 47, chases an undercover narcotics officer during a drug deal in East Harlem and is fatally shot by the officer when Reyes allegedly lunges at him.
Outcome: A grand jury chooses not to indict.

August 18, 1999: Larry Cobb, 30, is accidentally shot to death by a cop during a struggle while the cop is investigating a vandalized car on the Upper East Side.
Outcome: A grand jury chooses not to indict.

August 30, 1999: Armed with a hammer, Gidone Busch, 31, allegedly lunges at police during a confrontation in Borough Park and is shot 12 times.
Outcome: A grand jury chooses not to indict.

September 1, 1999: Richard Watson, 32, is shot in the back by a cop after the officer tries to pull him out of a livery cab in upper Manhattan. Watson had allegedly stiffed an earlier cabbie.
Outcome: A grand jury chooses not to indict.

September 18, 1999: Andre Austin, 26, wounds an undercover detective in the foot during a drug sting in Brooklyn. Police shoot him to death.
Outcome: The D.A. chooses not to prosecute.

October 28, 1999: After Dion McQueen, 17, allegedly robs a Brooklyn gas station at gunpoint with two accomplices, one of the three fires at approaching police, who fatally shoot McQueen in the neck.
Outcome: The D.A. chooses not to prosecute.

January 17, 2000: Shortly after stabbing his mother in their Queens apartment, Alan Zelencic, 28, charges cops while wielding a 15-inch knife. Police shoot him to death.
Outcome:A grand jury chooses not to indict.

February 5, 2000: Police fatally shoot Donald Moore, 37, in Queens as he is stabbing his girlfriend.
Outcome: The D.A. chooses not to prosecute.

March 1, 2000: Malcolm Ferguson, 23 and unarmed, is shot in the head at close range during a struggle with police in a Bronx building where drug dealing was suspected.
Outcome: The D.A. calls the shooting "accidental" and chooses not to prosecute.

March 16, 2000: Angered by an undercover cop's asking him for crack in midtown, Patrick Dorismond, 26, punches the officer. Other cops arrive, and Dorismond is fatally shot in the chest by a cop.
Outcome: A grand jury chooses not to indict.

March 31, 2000: Tysheen Bourne, 19, and Andre Fields, 17, said to be wielding toy guns, are shot and killed in Brooklyn while allegedly robbing undercover cops.
Outcome: The D.A. chooses not to prosecute, finding that the cops "justifiably feared for their lives."

April 12, 2000: Malcolm Burno, 17, is shot and killed after exchanging fire with an off-duty cop moonlighting as a security guard at a Brooklyn clothing store.
Outcome: The D.A. chooses not to prosecute.

April 22, 2000: James Murphy, 43, punches his mother in their Maspeth home and runs outside, where he's confronted by police, who see that he has a gun and knife and shoot him to death.
Outcome: The medical examiner classifies the death as suicide-by-cop; the D.A. chooses not to prosecute.

July 27, 2001: New York State trooper Samuel Mercado accidentally shoots to death passenger Charmene Pickering, 27, during an attempted drug bust in Brooklyn of the driver.
Outcome: The D.A. chooses not to prosecute.

January 16, 2002: Police fatally shoot Georgy Louisgene, 23, in Flatbush after he allegedly menaces a woman and her daughter and refuses orders to drop his knife and hook-topped stick.
Outcome: The D.A. chooses not to prosecute.

January 23, 2002: Juan Mendez, 38, allegedly carrying a shotgun, is fatally shot during an upper Manhattan police foot chase.
Outcome: The D.A. chooses not to prosecute.

March 30, 2002: An officer shoots and kills Cesar Mercado, 47, as he allegedly attempts to break into a van on the Lower East Side.
Outcome: A grand jury chooses not to indict.

August 27, 2002: Two officers fatally shoot Ernest Prather, 39, in Bedford-Stuyvesant after he waves what's later identified as a toy gun at them.
Outcome: The D.A. chooses not to prosecute.

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