May 1 1999

Only ‘Elegant’ Victims Need Apply

John Tierney, a columnist for the New York Times Metro section with an almost religious devotion to spreading the free market gospel, isn’t too impressed with complaints of police brutality made by black and Latino youth. Even when police firing 41 bullets killed an unarmed African immigrant, Amadou Diallo, as he tried to enter his own apartment building, it didn’t faze Tierney. After all, he argued in a February 18 column, the police could be ignoring crime in minority neighborhoods altogether. “The protesters already demanding jail terms for the officers who shot Mr. Diallo might consider who will be hurt […]