By Beth Roy

When 4 big apple urban law enforcement officials killed Amadou Diallo in 1999, the 41 pictures they fired echoed loudly around the country. In loss of life, Diallo joined a protracted checklist of younger males of colour killed by means of police hearth in towns and cities all throughout the USA. via innuendos of illegal activity, a lot of those sufferers may be discredited and, via implication, held chargeable for their very own deaths. yet Diallo was once an blameless, a tender West African immigrant doing not anything extra suspicious than returning domestic to his Bronx house after operating not easy all day within the urban. Protesters took to the streets, effectively hard that the 4 white officials be dropped at trial. whilst the officials have been acquitted, although, horrified onlookers of all races and ethnicities despaired of justice.

In forty-one pictures . . . and Counting, Beth Roy deals an oral heritage of Diallo's demise. via interviews with individuals of the group, with law enforcement officials and attorneys, with executive officers and moms of younger males in jeopardy, the e-book lines the political and racial dynamics that positioned the officials open air Diallo's condo that evening, their arms on symbolic in addition to real triggers. With lucid research, Roy explores occasions within the court, in urban corridor, within the streets, and within the police precinct, revealing the interlacing clash dynamics. forty-one pictures . . . and Counting permits the reader to contemplate the consequences of the Diallo case for our nationwide discourses on politics, race, type, crime, and social justice.

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