New Yorkers should never forget Amadou Diallo, an unarmed man murdered in cold blood by police as he was minding his own business, searching for the keys in the doorway to his apartment. He was shot 41 times by his killers.
Rudy Giuliani's response fiited neatly into the sociopathic pattern he displayed with consistency during his term as mayor. Extracted from this article:
"Giuliani's response was callous. He refused to meet with black leaders for a month -- then again, he pretty much always refused to meet with black leaders. And he absolutely refused to reconsider his police department's policies. But it was his response to the killing of another young black man a year later that was, perhaps, his Katrina moment with the New York public.
In 2000, 26-year-old Patrick Dorismond was shot and killed by an undercover detective participating in Operation Condor. The cop had approached Dorismond to ask where he could buy marijuana. Dorismond was offended, a scuffle ensued, and Dorismond died.
In the outcry following Dorismond's death, Giuliani was snide and unapologetic. He released Dorismond's juvenile records to justify Dorismond's homicide eight years later. He also, famously, sneered that Dorismond was "no altar boy" and defended his comments with a breathlessly cynical legalism, saying it was impossible to libel the dead".
With his disregard for the victims of the poisonous dust on and after 9/11, he has an extraordinary ability to divide a community. This is not the kind of character that America needs, when it comes to repairing decades worth of damage in the wake of the current occupants of the White House.