To the mother of Amadou Diallo, it's like pouring salt into a wound.
Officer Kenneth Boss, one of the four New York City police officers who shot her son to death back in 1999, recently got a promotion and a raise, nearly 17 years after the shooting that shook the Bronx. The 22-year-old Diallo, who was unarmed, was shot at 41 times. Nineteen of those bullets struck him. All four officers were acquitted of charges of second-degree murder and reckless endangerment in 2000.
"You have so many police officers out there who deserve to be promoted, and this man is being promoted?” his mother, Kadiatou Diallo, told the New York Daily News. "For doing what? Killing my son? I don't have any hatred or revenge in my heart, but my life was changed forever that day. This is a stab in the heart."
"I think it's disgraceful and sends the wrong signal at a time when nationwide we are raising the question of police reform," the Rev. Al Sharpton, who served as a family adviser, told the Daily News. "This was one of the most obvious cases of police brutality."
According to the report, Boss is expected to be officially promoted Thursday.
“Officer Boss has passed the civil service exam for promotion to sergeant,” Deputy Police Commissioner Stephen Davis said, according to the Daily News. "He is currently on full-duty status and not subject to any disciplinary or administrative hold."
The site notes that the promotion is mandated by police policy and will not be subject to review.
"Members of the NYPD should come out and say something against this," Kadiatou Diallo added. "If they are brave enough, they will stand up for what's right.
"This is incredible. No one in New York City would agree with this decision. This will not help relations between law enforcement and the city," she told the Daily News.
Read more at the New York Daily News.