NYPD Officers Cleared In The Killing Of Sean Bell

NYPD Officers acquitted In The Killing Of Sean Bell
 
 
  
 
The three New York police officers who shot and killed Sean Bell were acquitted Friday, April 25,Detective Gescard Isnora 2007. Police Officers detective Gescard Isnora age 29, is black, detective Marc Cooper is black, and detective Michael Oliver age 36, is white. The three officers were working undercover vice at a night club when they confronted Sean Bell, and his two friends in the parking lot while Bell and his friends sat in the car getting ready to leave.

Isnora and Oliver are charged with manslaughter, felony assault and reckless endangerment. Cooper is charged with reckless endangerment.

It was officer Gescard Isnora who yelled he’s (Sean Bell) got a gun and then all the officers started firing. I really do feel that Isnora did not see a gun and made up this false accusation. I have noticed in the news/media other black police officers and black security guards do the same thing and shoot blacks. This gives a strong impression that black go out of their way to harm blacks for enjoyment and entertainment purposes.

You see this mentality all over America in all job markets and neighborhoods where blacks live. Gescard Isnora is no different. He is just like many blacks who go out of their way to inflict physical pain on blacks. Notice when often if it is a white person these types’ of blacks all of a sudden don’t act this way. They follow most of the time when dealing with whites’ proper procedure. This proves they go out of their way to harm blacks.

Whites are the majority and can still inflict punishment on them, and they know it. Gescard Isnora only adds fuel to the fire — that there may be some genetic meaning inherited these tribal warrior genes from his African ancestors — that says when you see a black person they are from another tribe so fight them, cultural, self hate, angry at white people but take your frustrations out on blacks because they are lesser threatening, etc that motivates his and other black peoples negative behavior towards blacks.

 
NYPD officers cleared in killing; rights leaders want probe
 
By TOM HAYS, Associated Press Writer Fri Apr 25, 7:11 PM ET

 

NEW YORK – Civil rights leaders demanded a federal investigation and vowed to march through the streets in protest after three police officers were cleared of all charges Friday in the killing of an unarmed man cut down in a hail of 50 bullets on his wedding day. Detective Michael Oliver

 

 
The verdict by Justice Arthur Cooperman elicited gasps as well as tears of joy and sorrow. Detective Michael Oliver, who fired 31 of the shots, wept at the defense table, while the mother of victim Sean Bell cried in the packed

 

courtroom. Shouts of "Murderers! Murderers!" and "KKK!" rang out on the courthouse steps.

Bell, a 23-year-old black man, was killed outside a seedy strip club in Queens in 2006 as he was leaving his bachelor party with two friends. The officers — undercover detectives who were investigating reports of prostitution at the club — said they thought one of the men had a gun.

 

The slaying heightened tensions in the city and stoked long-standing allegations of racism and excessive use of force on the part of New York City‘s police, even though two of the officers charged are black.
 

 
In announcing his verdict in the non-jury trial, the judge said that the inconsistent testimony, courtroom demeanor and rap sheets of the prosecution witnesses — mainly Bell’s friends — "had the effect of eviscerating" their credibility.
 
"At times, the testimony just didn’t make sense," the judge said.
Police had assigned extra officers to the courthouse and had helicopters in the air to help deal with any unrest. But within an hour, the angry, weeping crowd of about 200 people outside the courthouse had scattered, and despite a few scuffles, no arrests were made.
 
Oliver and Gescard Isnora were acquitted of charges that included manslaughter, assault and reckless endangerment. The third officer, Marc Cooper, faced lesser charges.
 

Detective Marc Cooper
The verdict does not entirely resolve issues surrounding the case.
 
After the verdict, the U.S. attorney’s office said it will look into the case and "take appropriate action if the evidence indicates a prosecutable violation of federal criminal civil rights statutes."
 
In addition, relatives of the victims have sued the city, and those cases could either go to trial or be settled out of court with the potential for multimillion-dollar payouts.
 
Also, the officers, who had been on paid leave, still face possible departmental charges that could result in their firing. While the judge found that the officers’ behavior was not criminal, he added, "Questions of carelessness and incompetence must be left to other forums."
 
The officers appeared somber later at a news conference. Each called the verdict fair. One apologized.
 
"I’d like to say sorry to the Bell family for the tragedy," Cooper said.
 
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who represents Bell’s family, demanded a federal investigation.
 
"This verdict is one round down, but the fight is far from over," the civil rights leader said on his radio show. He said he is organizing "economic withdrawal" and "civil disobedience" that could involve going to jail and marching on Wall Street, at the judge’s house and at police headquarters.
 
"We are going to close the city down in a nonviolent, effective way," Sharpton said. "We’re going to hit the pocketbooks. We’re going to let you know that we are not going to be in any way diverted from exercising our civil rights."
 
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said: "We don’t expect any violence, nor is there any place for it."
 
The officers had complained that pretrial publicity had unfairly painted them as cold-blooded killers. They opted to have the judge instead of a jury decide the case, a strategy that appeared to pay off.
 
District Attorney Richard Brown said that despite losing the case, prosecutors had "revealed significant deficiencies" in police tactics that need "prompt and serious attention."
 
The case brought back painful memories of other New York police shootings, such as the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo, an African immigrant who was gunned down in a barrage of 41 bullets by police officers who mistook his wallet for a gun. The acquittal of the officers in that case led to days of protests, with hundreds arrested.
 
"An ugly pattern is emerging in New York," the Rev. Jesse Jackson said in Chicago after Friday’s verdict. "This was a massacre. This was not a shootout. And the U.S. attorney general must give America the assurance that we all have equal protection under the law,"
 
The nearly two-month trial was marked by deeply divergent accounts of the night.
 
The defense painted the victims as drunken thugs who the officers believed were armed and dangerous. Prosecutors sought to convince the judge that the victims had been minding their own business, and that the officers were inept, trigger-happy cowboys.
 
Bell’s companions — Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman — were both wounded; Guzman still has four bullets lodged in his body. Both testified. Guzman, a burly ex-convict, grew combative during cross-examination, and said of Isnora: "This dude is shooting like he’s crazy, like he’s out of his mind."
 
None of the officers took the stand. Instead, the judge heard transcripts of the officers telling a grand jury that they believed they had good reason to use deadly force.
 
The officers said that as the club closed around 4 a.m., they heard Guzman say, "Yo, go get my gun" — something Bell’s friends denied.
 
Isnora claimed that after he warned the men to halt, Bell pulled away in his car, bumped him and rammed an unmarked police van that converged on the scene. The detective also said Guzman made a sudden move as if he were reaching for a gun.
 
Benefield and Guzman testified that there were no orders from the police.
 
With tires screeching, glass breaking and bullets flying, the officers said they believed they were the ones under fire. Oliver responded by emptying his semiautomatic pistol, reloading, and emptying it again. Isnora fired 11 rounds, and Cooper four. Two other officers who fired weren’t charged.
 
When the smoke had cleared, there was no weapon inside Bell’s blood-splattered car.
 
 
 
 

  1. Yeah Right

    I was extremely disappointed at this verdict! I don’t understand how three police officers can kill a young man and get away with it! This is not a black or white issue, but a black and blue issue. These cops are getting way out of hand and they know that because they are police officers, they can do whatever they want with no consequences. Then I heard in the ny post today, that on the same day the verdict was read, nicole bell (his fiancee) received a phone call from another police officer taunting her and laughing saying “haha they got off!” How dare someone do that to her after all that she’s been through.

  2. Joseph

    True, some of the officers involved were black.

  3. Lyn

    I support the verdicts 100%. The police were absolutely right to kill the mad dog Sean Bell. Anyone who threatens to kill people and then immediately gets in his vehicle and tries to run over people is an immediate deadly threat. The NYPD saved a lot of innocent victims when the stopped Bell.

    I agree with having a trial, though. This was a high profile incident that needed to be looked into. And the fair verdict sends a much needed message to black in America – you will be held responsible for your criminal conduct.

  4. Yeah Right

    @ Lyn…

    50 Bullets is way over the top. There was no gun on shawn bell nor any of his friends. firing 31 shots, emptying your gun and reloading is RIDICULOUS! I don’t know who trained thses cops, but they should be re-trained. Secondly, the cops were UC’S (undercover)nobody knew they were cops anyway. Bell and his friends probably thought they were regular guys in the club, hence is why the reacted they way they did. The point of the matter is a young black man lost his life because of gun happy police officers. This has happend too many times, amidou diallo, abiner laweema, rodney king(wasnt killed but assaulted) and now shawn bell. its not right. Police officers should not have the right to kill and assault black men just because they feel they’re the law.

  5. Yeah Right

    @ lyn…http://www.blackvoices.com/blogs/2008/04/25/justice-served-for-sean-bell/

    Check out how many monorities have been assaulted by officers in the past.

  6. About "Lyn"

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    In other words, “Lyn” is an old-ass racist geezer who hides behind his keyboard. He’s just a miserable 40-something old man.

  7. About "Lyn"

    Here is some info about “Lyn”:
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    * Email Address: letters@fromwembleypark.com
    * Website: http://fromwembleypark.com

    Biography

    I am a professional, 40-ish, university graduate with a liberal arts education. My personality and beliefs are conservative.

    I’m a personal financial consultant. I give advice on investments and money management.

    Interests

    My interests include current events, international news, investing, “old” movies (from the 1960’s and 1970’s) and cable television – especially comedy. I love shows like Becker,” “Arrested Development,” and “The Office.”
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    In other words, “Lyn” is an old-ass racist geezer who hides behind his keyboard. He’s just a miserable 40-something old man.

  8. LaKair

    i was shocked that they were all colored (2 blacks and 1 i think hispanic), i hate to see brothas killin other brothas. a damn shame.

  9. Denise

    @ Lyn
    Sean Bell was not a dog he was a human being. One or two shots would have been enough. There is no excuse to fire 30 and 20 bullets at somebody.

    Most cops are pigs and they abuse the law more than they protect and serve. Some cops feel that it is their duty to kill off the “bad” guys, it is called the Anomie theory. I am not surprised that most of the cops are black, because most black cops are worst than racist cops. Black cops are more prejudice against blacks than white cops. Most black cops like to mistreat black cops when they are around white cops.

  10. caucasoin = Simple minded, rural and inbred. Poor excuses for homosapiens. Diet Consists of roasted racoon and roadkill. usually has around 12 children, all named cleetus, britney or clancey. Lives in trailers or shacks. often mistaken for game. the combined IQ of a family of hillbilly’s often challenges the IQ of the raodkill they eat, which is approximatly how many teeth they have (less then 5)




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