Get my wallet confused for reachin' for my weapon

from Joell Ortiz – Same Love (Remix) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Ortiz refers to Amadou Diallo, a 22-year-old immigrant from Guinea, who was shot and killed by four New York City police officers on February 4, 1999. The officers claimed they loudly identified themselves as NYPD officers and that Diallo ran up the outside steps toward his apartment house doorway at their approach, ignoring their orders to stop and “show his hands.” The porch lightbulb was out and Diallo was backlit by the inside vestibule light, showing only a silhouette. Diallo then reached into his jacket and withdrew his wallet. Seeing the suspect holding a small square object, one of the officers yelled “Gun!” to alert his colleagues. Mistakenly believing Diallo had aimed a gun at them at close range, the officers opened fire on Diallo. The four officers fired 41 shots, more than half of which went astray as Diallo was hit 19 times. Read More

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