Monday-morning quarterbacking and second-guessing is inevitable whenever the prosecution loses a big case, as the Bronx District Attorney did on Friday in the Amadou Diallo shooting trial.

The buzz among court observers in Albany is that prosecutors should have offered rebuttal witnesses. Observers said prosecutors should have aggressively cross-examined the defendants, asking questions like, “When you see a person of color, you see a threat, don’t you?” They also said the prosecution should have put a human face on Amadou Diallo, as the defense so skillfully did for the four police officer defendants.

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