Friday, April 25, 2008

NYPD officers acquitted for Sean Bell shooting

Remember Sean Bell?

On Nov. 25, 2006 he was killed when plainclothes police detectives showered him and his friends in a hail of 50-bullets the day before his wedding.

According to reports, police were investigating prostitution at the club where Bell had his bachelor party. An incident occurred between the detectives and Bell's entourage.

This just in from NYC.

Not guilty.

From NY Daily News:

"Tears of rage and joy flowed in a Queens courtroom Friday after the three cops who killed Sean Bell on his wedding day in a 50-bullet barrage were cleared of all charges.

Bell's fiancee, Nicole Paultre Bell, ignored the judge's orders and ran crying out of the courtroom while shooting survivor Trent Benefield broke down in tears...

Outside Queens Supreme Court, small scuffles broke out after Bell supporters walked out, some of them yelling "Murderers! Murderers!" and "KKK!" The hundreds of police officers standing watch quickly intervened and there were no other outbursts."

From the Chicago Tribune:
"The three undercover detectives charged in the case elected to have a judge decide their fate, rather than a jury.

The trial of the officers resulted in seven weeks of often-conflicting testimonies about the death of Bell, 23, who was killed in a 50-bullet barrage outside the Kalua Cabaret in Jamaica in the early morning of Nov. 25, 2006...

The officers claimed they only began shooting after Bell bumped [detective Gescard] Isnora, who had identified himself as a officer, with his car -- slamming him into an unmarked police van."

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