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Sean Bell Trial - Shawn Bell Verdict - Shaun Bell Murder Case

Updated on April 25, 2008

Shawn Bell Verdict

About an hour ago, the three New York City Police officers charged with an array of charges for the November 25th, 2006 shooting death of 23 year old groom Sean Bell, were cleared of all charges. Unarmed, Sean Bell died in a hail of 50 some bullets outside a strip club where he was having his bachelor party.

Officers Michael Oliver, 36, and Gescard Isnora, 29, stood trial for manslaughter while Officer Marc Cooper, 40, was charged only with reckless endangerment. Two other shooters weren't charged. Oliver squeezed off 31 shots; Isnora fired 11 rounds; and Cooper shot four times.

Right now, the family of Sean Bell is headed to the cemetery to pay respect to the life that was lost.

Later in the day, at about 5:30, there is expected to be a rally outside the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

It is important to note the inaction of the Queens justice system in cases of racial violence against people of color, in what is one of the city's most diverse boroughs. Take for example the case of Manny Mayi and Jose Librado Sanchez.

There may be a Federal investigation leading to a civil rights violation case (but I wouldn't hold your breath on that). Police Commish Kelly, said he was holding off on police departmental proceedings by request of the Department of Justice.

Detectives Gescard F. Isnora, Michael Oliver, and Marc Cooper were declared innocent of all charges against them today by judge Arthur J. Cooperman. There was no jury in this trial, per the officers' choice. This was the verdict that Ray Kelly and police officials were concerned might cause unrest across the city, so expect upped police presence around town today. According to ABC in New York, Sean's ex-fiancée, Nicole Paultre-Bell, stormed out of the court upon the news. We'll tell you more when we hear reactions from Sean Bell's family, lawyers, and the officers themselves. Already, the Bell family has vowed to continue this battle further.

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      jameel salaam 

      6 years ago

      WOW HOW CAN THE JUDGE SLEEP AT NIGHT TRULY THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THIS B.S SHOULD BE DAMNED !!!!! 50 SHOTS NO WEAPONS COME ON PEOPLE THIS MAN AND HIS FAMILY AND FREINDS DON'T DESERVE TO BE TREATED LIKE TRASH !!!! R.I.P MR BELL !!!!

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      Concern Residence 

      6 years ago

      I feel that all laws should apply for everyone that includes the police. If a person murder another person they are found guilty and sentenced to life in jail. Why do they police receive a slap on the wrist when the murder was intentional. This by far was no accident, but the system is jacked up. Well you and your daughter sit home and cry about your husband\her father. They (police)went home and slept like nothing never happened. If something like this happened to their family members, "What would be the verdict then?" I am so sorry for your lost and I feel your pain because I am endooring the same situation regarding my husband death.

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      vic 

      6 years ago

      R.I.P 2 my boy,them police aint shit striaght scumbags

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      sexy t 

      7 years ago

      I'm very disgusted and heart broken that people still believe in racism. it's something we have fought for for years, and it's something that is never going to go away. it's a pity that this young man was taken from us because of hatred. We are all mad e in HIS image and we are all brothers and sisters, blacks and whites because we all came from one creator. SO ALL THIS RACISM HAS TO STOP! For we all have to kneel and face judgement one day. and those who choose to kill, and hate another being because of their skin, woe unto them!!! i pray for sean's family, I pray for peace, and i pray for that one day we will all wake up and start loving each other like God intended for us to do.

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      yolqnda price 

      8 years ago

      ITS A DAMN SHAME THAT NO-GOOD OFFICERS HAD TO SHOOT SOMEBOBY THAT MANY TIMES...THEY MEANT TO KILL HIM@TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY THEY GET AWAY WITH IT.HOW DUMB CAN THE COURTS BE TO SEE THAT IT WAS NOT A MISTAKE OR THAT SHAUN WAS NOT DOING ANYTHING WRONG.IT JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT RACISM WILL NEVER DIE AND THEY WILL ALWAYS GET AWAY WITH WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING FOR YEARS...THAT IS KILLING OUR BLACK PPL.MY HEART GOES OUT TO SHAUN BELL'S FAMILY

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      bearboox0 

      9 years ago

      maybe i did spell that right.lmao

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      bearboox0 

      9 years ago

      im so sorry for what happend but,that should not have happend to him i mean why would somone so cruel(spelled wrong i knoe)evan think about doing that.i pray for him and give him respect.

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      RENA 

      10 years ago

      This just doesnt make any since what happened to this young man... Did they just have to stand there and shoot all those time. That was very cruel and they will rot in hell for that.

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      greg 

      10 years ago

      I am totally disgusted with the outcome of this trial!!! It was nothing less than a joke; a farce; a travesty of that which we hold so dear and so important in this Democracy of ours: JUSTICE! We rely so heavily on the integrity of the men who rule in matters such as these that to find as this judge found in the face of such overwhelming evidence to the contrary is nothing less than an all out attract at the very foundation of our system of justice! This is so very reminiscent of so many other such incidents of the VERY SAME KIND OF BULLSHIT, that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!! Someone MUST take action into their own hands. WE THE PEOPLE must take action into our own hands and fight back this total breakdown of what is righteous in our justice system, for to do otherwise is to accept things as they are in their unacceptable, unjust and UN-AMERICAN way that they are!!!! We must stand up and proclaim that WE WILL NO LONGER TOLERATE SUCH tolerance by the administration of MURDER AGAINST OUR PEOPLE AT THE HANDS OF THE POLICE!!!!!!This is not a White or Black or Asian or Hispanic issue.....it is WE THE PEOPLE against this GANG of hoodlums who hind behind the badge of the POLICE......IT is WE the unarmed CITIZENS against a COUNTRY WIDE DEPARTMENT of GUN WIELDING ITCHY TRIGGER FINGERED FANATICS who call themselves "heroes"...who call themselves, "servants" who call themselves "the good guys"!No, this is NOT a NEW YORK thing or an LA thing or a CHICAGO thing.....it is an US against THEM thing!!! This transcends state borders and ethnic backgrounds and language barriers and rich or poor barriers or haves vs.have nots....It is NOT that....it is a matter of RIGHT vs. WRONG.....and how in hell can anyone see anything RIGHT in what has happened here????I

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      illusiveraven 

      10 years ago

      I was disgusted by this crime and the outcome of the trial. Yeah. I said crime. These "officers" are criminals and should not be allowed to be running free on the streets. We all know if this had been a fair jury trial that these men would have been convicted, as they should have been. Where is the justice here?

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      Pebbles 

      10 years ago

      The policemen would clearly be able to see weither or not they were armed by the third shot. There had to reload there guns at one point they were fully aware that they were unarmed. Despite this they continued to shoot. I'm not a racist person but not ONE white man or woman has been shot by a black officer. Once the person is unarmed they are not guilty and everyone knows that but they still don't care they just let the police go without one charge. And he is living his life without one feeling of remourse that he killed an innocent, UNARMED man with a family that they would never stop to think about.

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      linp 

      10 years ago

      I am very sad at the outcome of this case. Funny how so many can see that all of the officers involved used excessive force except the person who counted. My heart goes out to the family. We would like to think that crime and mistreatment of African Americans is a thing of the past but although we have come along way we still have a long way to go. Shame, Shame, Shame on the officers involved I hope you can sleep at night and thankfully you will have to answer to a higher power when the time comes don't think you will be so lucky then.

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      iliveonce 

      10 years ago

      we need to stop pleading with people or a (system) that doesnot regard black men"s live. There's a message being conveyed to the world qbout blackmen> We are treated as second class because whites trufully are afraid of us and donot want us to acquire any economical power> What's even scarier is that a lot of black people have become cowards and cry peace when they know they are being mistreated.

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