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Diallo jurors say prosecutors made 'huge mistakes'
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Some of the jurors who acquitted the four white New York City police officers in the shooting death of an unarmed black man are speaking out, blaming the outcome of the murder trial on prosecutors.
The Bronx district attorney had called the shooting a murder, claiming that the officers -- motivated by racial assumptions -- shot 41 times at African immigrant Amadou Diallo because they suspected the black man was about to pull a gun.
But jurors who acquitted the four officers of all charges said prosecutors failed to prove that case to them.
"I think these young men had responsibility, but whatever they did -- it was within the guidelines of New York State law," said juror Helen Harder.
"I'm not saying it's a happy verdict," Harder said. "I know the cops are happy. None of (the jurors) are very happy. But that's the way it worked out."
The jurors' public criticism of the prosecution's case is their first response to angry questions, repeatedly asked this weekend by demonstrators and public officials, about the not guilty verdict.
One black female juror who spoke by phone to CNN called the prosecution's case "a series of huge mistakes and bad calls."
She expressed shock that prosecutors never mentioned race during the trial and said their questioning of witnesses was "weak."
The juror also questioned why the prosecutor had no rebuttal to the defense in such a complicated case. And she asked why prosecutors did not cross-examine an expert defense witness on police procedure.
"They didn't counter what he said, which is that the police acted appropriately," the juror said.
For his part, the prosecutor of the Diallo case is not second-guessing his work. He has rejected calls for his resignation.
"I think somebody who policed in the way these four officers policed that night -- they should resign," said Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson.
It is likely the four officers will face a jury again. The Diallo family plans a civil suit against the city. And the officers face a possible federal civil rights investigation.
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