A federal undercover agent working on a "High Intensity Drug Trafficking
Area Task Force" in Queens, NY, shot a local high school student when
he mistook a candy bar in the youth's hand for a gun. 17 year-old Andre
Burgess, captain of the Hillcrest High School soccer team, was walking
down 138th street in Laurelton, Queens, when the carload of Federal agents
rolled by and one officer, identified by the New York Daily News as William
Cannon, jumped out.
Cannon apparently identified himself, but, according to Burgess, gave
the teen no time to react. "I turned to see what was up, and boom,
I'm hit, and I fell to the ground." Burgess also described the callousness
with which the incident was handled even after it was discovered that he
had been unarmed and apparently wholly uninvolved in any criminal activity.
"I'm laying there, bleeding, waiting to go the hospital, and he's
shaking hands with the other cops, or agents, or whatever they were,"
he said. "He asked one of them, 'Don't I know you from some other
case?' And I'm still lying there."
DRCNet Executive Director David Borden commented, "The incident
is reminiscent of the Esequiel Hernandez killing in Redford, Texas, by
U.S. Marines. In neither case did the aggressors provide appropriate medical
assistance to their victims. Fortunately, Burgess was not fatally wounded.
But then, this is only the one incident out of many that happened to get
[Source: New York Times, 11/8]
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Issue #19, 11/15/97
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