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Blue Lines, Shaded in Black and Brown: The Diallo Shooting, Race and Politics
Unformatted Document Text:  6 “You weren’t there. You can’t know.” Yet the jury of civilians were asked to know, to imagine themselves into the perceptions and conclusions of people operating under conditions they, the jury, could not be reasonably expected to fathom. The officers claimed to be searching for a rapist who fit Diallo’s description (presumably identifying the suspect’s skin color and perhaps size), although the SCU’s avowed assignment was to get guns off the street. What did not appear in the trial proceedings was any judgment of the policies that placed the defendants in a position to fire those forty-one shots. Moreover, the judge explicitly ruled out of consideration questions about o how race might figure into the perception of a young man surveying a dark street at midnight. Nor was there any examination of the possibility that an expectation that a black man is likely to carry a weapon might frame the officers’ mistaking a wallet for a gun. It was at this discursive place in the trial that the second suggestion of Diallo’s culpability in the tragedy took place. John Patten is an attorney who defended one of the four officers. When I interviewed him in his office, he acted out the critical moment when Diallo pulled a wallet from his pocket and Sean Carroll mistook it for a gun. The dry representation that is a court reporter’s record could not do justice to what John considered the decisive moment in his summation. As we talked in his office, he articulated the critical question: It was wrong for the officers to fire the gun. When I say wrong, I mean, it was really not justified in a layman's kind of thinking. All right? But was it reasonable for him to believe – my client who yelled

Authors: Roy, Beth.
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“You weren’t there. You can’t know.” Yet the jury of civilians were asked to 
know, to imagine themselves into the perceptions and conclusions of people 
operating under conditions they, the jury, could not be reasonably expected 
to fathom. The officers claimed to be searching for a rapist who fit Diallo’s 
description (presumably identifying the suspect’s skin color and perhaps 
size), although the SCU’s avowed assignment was to get guns off the street. 
What did not appear in the trial proceedings was any judgment of the 
policies that placed the defendants in a position to fire those forty-one shots. 
Moreover, the judge explicitly ruled out of consideration questions about o 
how race might figure into the perception of a young man surveying a dark 
street at midnight. Nor was there any examination of the possibility that an 
expectation that a black man is likely to carry a weapon might frame the 
officers’ mistaking a wallet for a gun. 
It was at this discursive place in the trial that the second suggestion of 
Diallo’s culpability in the tragedy took place. John Patten is an attorney who 
defended one of the four officers. When I interviewed him in his office, he 
acted out the critical moment when Diallo pulled a wallet from his pocket 
and Sean Carroll mistook it for a gun. The dry representation that is a court 
reporter’s record could not do justice to what John considered the decisive 
moment in his summation. As we talked in his office, he articulated the 
critical question:
It was wrong for the officers to fire the gun. When I say wrong, I 
mean, it was really not justified in a layman's kind of thinking. All 
right? But was it reasonable for him to believe – my client who yelled 

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