Thousands March to Protest Police Killing of Sean Bell

Activists protest NYPD murder of groom

Kansas City Star


Thousands of protesters counted in unison to 50 to mark the number of shots police fired in the wedding day death of a groom as they marched Saturday along Fifth Avenue on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. One of the survivors of the Nov. 25 shooting that killed Sean Bell led marchers from his wheelchair through Manhattan's famous shopping district. ... Among the marchers were clergy, city leaders, politicians and entertainer Harry Belafonte. Other demonstrators waved signs and chanted as they marched. 'Stop NYPD Racist Terror,' read one sign. 'Jail the Cops,' read another...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Thousands March to Protest Police Killing of Sean Bell

A protest march cut a solemn swath through crowds of Christmas shoppers and the joyous mood of the holiday season in Midtown Manhattan yesterday in a rebuke to the police for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in Queens on his wedding day last month.

Three NY Detectives Acquitted in Bell Shooting

Michael Wilson reports for The New York Times: "Three detectives were found not guilty Friday morning on all charges in the shooting death of Sean Bell, who died in a hail of 50 police bullets outside a club in Jamaica, Queens."

Bell Family, Friends Say, "It's Far From Over"

John Eligon reports for The New York Times: "Nicole Paultre Bell, the woman who was to marry Sean Bell the day he was killed in a hail of 50 police bullets, vowed on Saturday to continue demanding accountability for his death, delivering her remarks in a tone that was a departure from her more familiar gentle demeanor."

Outcome of NYPD Case Leads to Call For Special Prosecutor

Richard Pyle, of The Associated Press, reports, "A coalition of civil rights advocates on Sunday urged changes in the handling of police misconduct and brutality complaints after the acquittal of three officers involved in the shooting death of an unarmed man on his wedding day. They also called for a permanent state-level special prosecutor to investigate such cases. 'The verdict in the Sean Bell case proves it is almost impossible to successfully prosecute cases of police misconduct, especially in homicide cases,' said lawyer Norman Siegel, former head of the New York Civil Liberties Union."

216 Arrested in Protests of Sean Bell Case Acquittals

Thomas J. Lueck, of The New York Times: "In the largest public protest against the acquittal of three detectives in the shooting death of Sean Bell, 216 people were arrested on Wednesday in carefully orchestrated demonstrations that halted traffic at busy intersections in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the police said. The demonstrations, described by the Rev. Al. Sharpton as 'pray-ins,' played out on a bright spring afternoon as boisterous displays of civil disobedience in which people signed up to be arrested, assuring organizers and lawyers that they were carrying proper identification to show...


40,000 Take 5th Ave In March For Bell" Heard All Over The World"

A roiling crowd of 40,000 protesters poured onto Fifth Avenue yesterday to protest the fusillade of 50 cop bullets that killed a groom on his wedding day - and to demand better treatment by the NYPD.

200 Arrested in Massive Show of Civil Disobedience Over Police Acquittals in Killing of Sean Bell

On Wednesday, demonstrators halted traffic at six busy intersections in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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