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Resource ID: #14062
Subject: Police
Source: Village Voice (New York)
Date: 9-Apr-96


New York Transit Police Officer Peter Del-Debbio claims he didn't didn't know Desmond Robinson was an off-duty cop when he shot him five times in the back. Del-Debbio said he was just trying to defend himself -- amidst reports that two black teenagers carrying guns were wandering around a nearby subway station. Del-Debbio, who is white, claimed he thought Desmond, an African American, was one of the "perps". A New York jury didn't see it that way, convicting him of "reckless assault," which carries a sentence ranging from probation to seven years.

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