Artist: Hulbert Waldroup
Confronting Bodies: New York City police officers
Date of Action: April 2001
Specific Location: Mural on the corner of Wheeler and Westchester Avenues in the Bronx, New York.
Description of Artwork: The mural depicted Amadou Diallo, an immigrant from Guinea, West Africa, who was killed on Feb. 4, 1999, by four police officers as he stood in the vestibule of his apartment building. The mural also depicted a skeletal Statue of Freedom holding aloft a pistol with a pile of skulls at its feet, four New York City police officers wearing the white hoods of the Ku Klux Klan and the United States flag in flames.
Description of Incident: “It’s going to be taken down,” Sgt. Frank Sorensen said after he scanned the mural. Joseph Berrero, the owner of the curio shop where the mural was painted, was upset also and said that he liked the idea of having some kind of memorial for Mr. Diallo, but that he was opposed to Mr. Waldroup’s depiction of the police, the flag and the Statue of Liberty. Except for the portrait of Mr. Diallo, he wanted everything on the mural covered.
Results of Incident: Due to the publicity and support of the local community, the mural remained unchanged.
Source: The New York Times, Wednesday, April 25, 2001, NCAC
Submitted By: NCAC
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