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April 25, 2008

Sean Bell Not Guilty Verdict

No words.

Not Guilty
Detectives Charged In Sean Bell Shooting Acquitted On All Charges

After two months of testimony by more than 50 witnesses, Detectives Michael Oliver, 36, Gescard Isnora, 29, and Marc Cooper, 40 have been found not guilty on all charges...

...Shouts of "No! No! No!" and swearing erupted outside the courthouse immediately after the judge read his verdict, followed by cries of "Not guilty!" from the huge crowd of people that had gathered outside the Queens courthouse. Some women were heard weeping loudly. Later, shouts of "Murderer! Murderer!" were heard.

Bell's family and supporters left the courthouse without commenting, trailed by the crowd that had gathered in a march along Queens Boulevard. While many appeared angered and shared their frustration with members of the press, there were no significant disturbances. Police did have to break up at least one angry scuffle, but that was peacefully accomplished. The crowd was carefully corralled by police barricades as well as police and court officers.

Many Bell supporters expressed disgust at the verdict, including Bell’s uncle.

"The verdict is not fair and I'm hurting inside and I don't see what the Judge sees in this case,” said,” said Bell’s uncle Kenneth Shepard. “These guys are guilty. You just don't go around killing people. When is it going to stop? When is it going to stop? The main thing, should have been a jury here...”

Quoting Too Sense:

This was not a murder trial. The men were given lesser charges that I believe were more suited to their crime. These did not sound like bloodthirsty men who just wanted to pop somebody, they sounded like cops who got scared and behaved recklessly. A man is dead because of that, and I don't see any justice in allowing them to go free without consequences.

And I will say this: 50 shots at an unarmed target. That kind of thing never, ever seems to happen to anyone else.

Posted by jsmooth995 at April 25, 2008 1:41 PM

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