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CNN Today

Two More New York Police Officers Testify in Amadou Diallo Case

Aired February 15, 2000 - 1:04 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Two more New York police officers testified today to defend themselves against murder charges filed in connection with the death of a West African immigrant.

CNN's Maria Hinojosa follows the trial in Albany, New York, and joins us now live with more about that -- Maria.

MARIA HINOJOSA, CNN ANCHOR: Lou, the trial is continuing at the same rapid-fire pace at which it began. We have heard from all four officers now in a matter of one and a half days. The testimony this morning was less emotional than it was yesterday when one officer started crying on the stand. But today's first police witness -- first police testimony from Kenneth Boss who shot five times at Amadou Diallo maintained the same story as all the officers, that Amadou Diallo -- they mistook Amadou Diallo's reach into his pocket as one for a gun, and that's why they shot him.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

KENNETH BOSS, DEFENDANT: I saw Mr. Diallo. He was in the back of the vestibule and he was crouched. He was down low and he had his hand out, and he had -- I seen a gun in his hand. I see Ed McMellon down.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HINOJOSA: Now, after we heard from Kenneth Boss, we heard from Richard Murphy, the last officer. He shot at Amadou Diallo four times, and he was calm even during cross-examination. One of the central issues is whether or not these officers ever yelled at Amadou Diallo to stop, to show his hands. Here's Richard Murphy on cross- examination.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do these commands -- were they continuous as the -- your other -- as your brother officers were running up toward the vestibule?

RICHARD MURPHY, DEFENDANT: Well, they were running at the vestibule, and they were saying it as they were running.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So the commands were continuous. Is that fair to say?

MURPHY: I guess if you want to call them continuous, they were as they were running.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As they were running, they were yelling, is that right?

MURPHY: Excuse me?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As they were running, they were yelling?

MURPHY: Yes.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HINOJOSA: The trial will continue in just a few minutes. It will resume. Behind me there are the daily demonstrations continuing in support of the Diallo family. The trial could wrap up as early as Thursday or Friday of this week. We'll probably see more demonstrations here in Albany -- Lou?

WATERS: All right, Maria Hinojosa in New York.

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