Archive for March 17th, 2005

17th March

First Published in The New York Sun, March 17, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

Fernando Ferrer is a very cautious politician, one who usually measures his words very carefully. This is usually the mark of a good politician. Mr. Ferrer has the ability to be asked a tough question and respond with an answer that brings a line of questioning to a conclusion, but leaves the original query unanswered.
On Tuesday, Mr. Ferrer was asked by a member of the city’s police Sergeants Benevolent Association whether he thought the 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo was a crime or a tragic accident. Mr. Ferrer candidly (and correctly) responded,“I don’t believe it was a crime. Do I believe there was an attempt by many to overindict? Sure.”