Saturday, April 26, 2008

Verdict in Sean Bell trial

If you didn't hear by now, the three New York detectives that have been on trial for a few charges, from manslaughter to misdemeanor reckless endangerment, in the death of Sean Bell, were found not guilty. I copied some quotes from a NY Times article:

"We just all gasped, like, 'Wow, how could you throw out this whole case?'" said Les Paultre, the father of Nicole Paultre Bell, who was to marry Mr. Bell the day he was fatally shot by the police outside the strip club where his bachelor party had been held. "That's basically what the judge did. He just threw out this whole case."

Some of Mr. Bell's supporters who had gathered outside the courthouse on Friday morning said the judge's decision was the latest in a string of verdicts that condoned the killing of an innocent black man by a New York police officer.

Ms. Paultre Bell's father said that the family received a taunting telephone call Friday afternoon and that the caller identification suggested it came from someone at the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a police supervisors' union. The association's president, Edward D. Mullins, said he would investigate. "If it happened in our office, I want to know who did it," he said.


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