Updated 10/07/2012 07:41 PM
Mother Of Amadou Diallo Joins March For Man Shot, Killed By Police In His Apartment
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The mother of an unarmed man shot and killed by police 13 years ago joined the family and friends Sunday of man shot and killed by police last week, calling on the New York City Police Department to change their procedures.
Kadiatou Diallo, the mother of Amadou Diallo, marched with more than 100 friends and family of Mohamed Bah to One Police Plaza.
Last month, Bah barricaded himself inside his Harlem apartment.
Police say they tried to subdue him with a taser and rubber bullets but he still lunged at them with a knife, slashing an officer's protective vest.
He was shot several times and later died at the hospital.
"This loss is every mother's loss," said Oumou Bah, Mohammed Bah's sister. "Every brother's loss. Every sister's loss. Honestly, this should not have happened."
"We could have done a better job to protect his life," said State Sen. Eric Adams. "Right now, he should be receiving the care that he needed instead of being in the morgue."
NY1 reached out to the NYPD several times but they did not return our requests for comment.
After the event, Diallo gave us her reaction to the NYPD's decision to reinstate the firearm rights to Kenneth Boss, one of the officers who was involved in her son's death.
"Is this going to be something that will be beneficial for the NYPD in building up police and community relationship? I do not think so," she said. "So this is why I condemn this and I don't think it is a good decision."
Boss and the other officers involved were acquitted of second-degree murder charges after arguing that they thought Diallo was about to pull out a gun.