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“Etan was dead before his mom even knew he was missing [and] then his family and countless others spent the next three decades looking for him,” a Manhattan prosecutor told jurors. “That journey ends here.”
A month after the killings of two NYPD officers set off a dramatic public confrontation between union leaders and a mayor elected on a vow to reform the police department, New Yorkers are not happy with either side in the long-running debate about law enforcement and race in the nation’s biggest metropolis.
For the first time since 6-year-old Etan Patz vanished on his way to a New York City bus stop in 1979, fueling a national missing children’s movement, a criminal jury is set Wednesday to begin weighing evidence against the man accused of killing the child.
“When someone out on the street commits a crime, and someone is with him, that person is called an accomplice,” said Justice League NYC coordinator Rameen Aminzadeh. “If you had someone that killed a person, got away with it, and you continue to wear that uniform and carry out those policies and stand with that department, then I think it’s fair to call you a racist.”