Sean Bell Verdict: Not Guilty
April 25th, 2008

Three New York City police detectives were found not guilty on all felony and misdemeanor charges in the shooting death of Sean Bell. State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Cooperman, who heard the case after the officers waived a jury trial, issued the verdict this morning. Check back for more details as they become available.

By on April 25, 2008, 9:32 am
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8 Responses to “Sean Bell Verdict: Not Guilty”

  1. F. B. Says:
    April 25th, 2008 at 10:29 am

    SO sad what kind of a message is this supposed to send. If there was a jury i am sure this would be total opposite. I am honestly hurt behind this!!!! Sad!!

  2. Rick Says:
    April 25th, 2008 at 10:41 am

    What kind of message is this sending to young black men. Another one dies and no accountability.

  3. Lou Says:
    April 25th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    What kind of message does it send? I would like to think it will send a message that police officers will not go to jail for manslaughter for doing their jobs. it’s an unfortunate tragedy … i truly feel for Mr. Bells family … but a guilty verdict would have been a very dangerous thing. imagine … police officers who need to use deadly physical force in order to save their or someone elses life… afraid to use that force if they needed to… and that fear being caused because they don’t want to face jail time???

  4. Bret Washington Says:
    April 25th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    If the police had done nothing that morning the only thing that would have happend is a wedding.

  5. Ebony Says:
    April 25th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    This is horrible!! There was no justice done for this family. How are they supposed to sleep at night. The police killed an innocent man on what was supposed to be one of the most important days of their life and you mean to tell me there is no JUSTICE served??!! There is no hope for our criminal system. The court system makes it ok for an officer to shoot an unarmed man 50 times. Society is saying that it is ok for police officers to kill our unarmed children, husbands, fathers, brothers etc. I’m at a lost for words. My sympathy and prayers go out to the Bell family.

  6. MARCUS Says:
    April 25th, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    here is a thought to those who think the police are at fault … true there actions were in my mind excessive 50 shots is a lot but can happen far quicker then most of us realize and remember Sean bell and his friends could have easily followed the directions of the police and possibly avoided all of this but then again the police officers could have fired 5 times no matter who is at fault it is a terrible thing that cant be changed so rather then let it rip us apart we should use this as motivation to change the way our police are trained with hopes that something like this will never happen again to learn from this is the only way to ensure justice and progress

  7. sl Says:
    April 27th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    This verdict really came as no surprise. Police are never found guilty whether they are right or wrong. This action was definitely excessive shooting and should never have happened. Yes, the police need some leeway, but they need to make sure there is a threat before shooting and they don’t need to shoot so much that the other officers don’t know who is shooting. This was a ridiculous waste of life and the police should have been hel accountable. Now these officers will be back on the street to perhaps do the same thing again. What is this world coming to? The police are above the law – as I see in my own small town. If they don’t want to sit through a red light, they put on the siren, go through the light, then turn it back off. They speed down residential and city streets when not on a call. I see them pass my house doing at least 45 and the speed limit is 25. These are small, but they lead to the mentality that causes a case like the Bell shooting. Something needs to be done. By the way, I am not Black and I don’t think this case is a racial thing. The police would be acauitted no matter what color the victim was.

  8. sad day Says:
    May 11th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    the cops heard a man mention gun and they waited to catch a collar. they could have called in an not blown cover. these cops were drinking and were glory hounds who killed a man. and were at least neglegent. don’t be a cop because that’s the only job you can get which is what a lot of you are. washed up high school athletes. take a poll at the station. But I salute all genuine officers. I protect more people everyday than a cop in his career. and if I make a mistake in judgemnt like that I’m in jail. not to mention alcohol and drug tested immeadiatley. bastard judge how many favors does he owe.

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