Patrick Dorismond, 2000 News
unarmed, off-duty security guard, was shot in March by undercover New York City detective Anthony Vasquez during a “drug buy and bust operation.” A scuffle ensued after Dorismond rebuffed the officer's inquiry for marijuana, and shots were fired. Dorismond was the fourth unarmed black man shot by New York City police in just over a year. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani expressed immediate support for the police and criticized the dead man for a violent criminal record. Hours after the shooting, Giuliani released Dorismond's criminal record, including court-sealed juvenile records. The mayor, however, neglected to reveal that Det. Vasquez also had a blemished record as an officer.