Sean Bell Verdict Expected Today
April 25th, 2008

The verdict in the case against three detectives who shot and killed Sean Bell is scheduled to arrive about 9 a.m. today.

Bell, a 23-year-old man who was celebrating with friends on the day of his wedding, died in a barrage of 50 bullets fired by New York City police officers outside of a strip club in Queens in November 2006. Two officers were charged with first-degree and second-degree manslaughter. The third was charged with reckless endangerment.

The three men pleaded not guilty and waived their right to have their case heard by a jury. State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Cooperman, who heard testimony in the trail, is expected to issue a ruling today.

For more on the history of the Sean Bell case, read Gotham Gazette’s article 50 Bullets, Many Issues.

By on April 25, 2008, 8:15 am
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6 Responses to “Sean Bell Verdict Expected Today”

  1. Michael W Says:
    April 25th, 2008 at 9:28 am

    They were found NOT GUILTY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Jonathan Bellard Says:
    April 25th, 2008 at 9:47 am

    This verdict is racist and unjust but expected….The NYPD can kill whomever they want and get away with MURDER !!!! It’s very strange that the NYPD only shoots and kills black men…

  3. Mike Jones Says:
    April 25th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Shot by black cops not white… why racist???

  4. Bret Washington Says:
    April 25th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Racism is institutional. A black person enforcing a policy or doctrine of some one else can still due a racist act.

  5. John Farrell Says:
    April 25th, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    The written verdict by the Judge (available as an on line PDF) in this matter was a great case of being a true Jurist with no axe to grind or political ambitions or consessions. He tried the case on facts in evidence and nothing more. The law is supposed to be dipassionate in Criminal Trials. A jury would never have given this verdict based on fact, but more on passion and personal feelings.

  6. Ametria Says:
    April 28th, 2008 at 9:25 am

    NYPD has been increasinly getting away with murdering black youth in America out of racial profiling and fear of black youth in number. The standard identifying verbage is forgotten when officers see black youth. Then the mistake is compounded when the judicial systems fails Black people as a race and in no uncertain terms says its ok for a Black youth to be executed without reason. If we as a people do not get justice in cases such as this how are we to react when confronted with the police. Apparently it doesnt seem to matter that no crime has been committed, no violence, no inapproprate behavior but your life can be still taken by the people who have sworn to protect and serve. Is the rest of that oathe missing which say “white Americans only?” If we do not have justice and the value of our lives is based on the color of our skin, what recourse do we have to stay alive?

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