CNN reported that this morning in a courtroom in New York, the verdict was handed down for the three police officers who killed Sean Bell in 2006: NOT GUILTY.
A judge acquitted three New York Police Department detectives of all charges Friday morning in the shooting death of an unarmed man in a 50-bullet barrage, hours before he was to be married.
Detectives Michael Oliver and Gescard Isnora were found not guilty of charges of manslaughter, assault and reckless endangerment in the death of Sean Bell, 23, and the wounding of two of his friends.
Detective Marc Cooper was acquitted of reckless endangerment.
Justice Arthur Cooperman said he found problems with the prosecution’s case. He said some prosecution witnesses contradicted themselves, and he cited prior convictions and incarcerations of witnesses.
He also cited the demeanor of some witnesses on the stand.
As the judge read his decision, Nicole Paultre Bell — Sean Bell’s fiancee before his death — ran from the courtroom, saying, “I’ve got to get out of here.”
The announcement immediately sparked anger among some in the crowd outside the courthouse, but the protests were generally orderly.
One woman shouted at a black police officer, “How can you be proud to wear that uniform? Stand down! Stop working for the masters!”
Patrick Lynch, president of the New York Police Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said “there’s no winners, there’s no losers” in the case.
“We still have a death that occurred. We still have police officers that have to live with the fact that there was a death involved in their case,” Lynch said.
Can someone explain to how does the demeanor of a witness and the judge not liking it has anything to do with this case? And so because you have priors you cannot be a reliable witness? How many white men have committed crimes, got off because daddy had money and had to testify in a court later down the road? Thousands and so because they don’t have a record, they are all good? I really would wonder that if this had happened to one of the Johnson & Johnson heirs, and the po po shot him up like this, would the verdict have been the same? Oh wait, this never would have happened to him because he could have just went to an exclusive members-only club like Soho House and did whatever the hell he wanted to do. If cops are so concerned with drugs, go to a place like that. THERE IS COKE EVERYWHERE. Go shoot up some actors and models and what not.
So let’s do a rundown of who has gotten thrown in jail in the past couple of years: Martha Stewart, Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Michael Vick, T.I., Wesley Snipes, Remy Ma, for starters–and you mean to tell me that three police officers who shot the hell up out of this young boy based on a hunch, WHO WAS UNARMED, get off scott-free, like that type of force is okay. As my friend Kenyon just said, “I really thought these cop acquittals went out of style after Diallo.” I guess it’s making a comeback.
Big ups to the black woman who called Marc Cooper out. Slave mentality is not a good look.