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Protests Planned Following Sean Bell Case

April 30, 2008 02:33 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Angered by the acquittal of three police officers who shot and killed a man on his wedding day, supporters plan protests in New York City.

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Bell’s family held a meeting in a Manhattan union hall Tuesday night with hundreds of supporters, including Rev. Al Sharpton, to organize a “massive show of civil disobedience aimed at shutting the city down,” reports The New York Daily News.

Bell’s father, William Bell, said that any protests will be peaceful, however.

Anger among Bell supporters has been brewing since Friday’s acquittal of the three detectives who killed the groom-to-be on his wedding day in 2006. After the verdict was announced, many people outside the courthouse began weeping. Others displayed anger, instead, shouting “Murderers!”

Bell, 23, was killed by undercover police officers outside a strip club in Queens, N.Y., on Nov. 25, 2006, as he was leaving his bachelor party with two friends. The officers fired 50 shots at Bell and his friends after reportedly hearing one of them mention a gun, although no weapons were ever found.

Two of the officers were later charged with manslaughter and a third with reckless endangerment.

Their acquittal brings to mind other police shootings, like the 1999 Amadou Diallo case. The African immigrant was killed in a barrage of 41 bullets when police officers mistook his wallet for a gun.

Headline Link: Bell family and supporters organize

Background: The shooting, the verdict and the aftermath

Opinion & Analysis: Implications of the case

Related Topics: Amadou Diallo

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