Yesterday, The Rev. Al Sharpton accused the NYPD of "concealing" important information regarding a prior excessive force complaint against Det. Michael Oliver, the man who fired all 22 shots that hit Sean Bell and his friends. In addition, Sharpton brought up Oliver’s allegedly racist comments made during the 1995 arrest of an African cab driver, and—you got it—he requested an investigation.
The Daily News reports that Cabbie Moussa Ndiaye, 40, told the paper how Oliver smashed his head through the window of his double-parked cab after he refused to move it. From The News: “Oliver also threatened to send the bloodied Senegalese immigrant ‘back to Africa,’ Ndiaye alleged. The incident was reported to the Civilian Complaint Review Board and was the focus of a lawsuit against Oliver and the city. The city later settled the suit for $10,000.”
Sharpton is hoping, I mean said, that the 1995 incident may cast doubt on the NYPD’s claim that the Bell shooting was not a racist crime.