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Valerie Bell

Valerie Bell

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    Valerie Bell, the author, left; Rory Lancman; and Gwen Carr


    On November 25, 2006, my son Sean Bell was killed in a hail of 50 bullets from the NYPD on his wedding day. The officers who killed my son were acquitted due to the lack of an unbiased relationship between the judge and the Queens district attorney. Sean never received the justice he deserved and the men that murdered my son suffered no consequences under the law.

    Subsequent to this marred process of criminal justice, I worked diligently alongside other mothers who were victims of police

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