Wednesday, January 6, 2010
In the early morning hours of Nov. 25, 2006, Sean Bell, a 23-year-old New York City man due to be married later that day, walked out of a Queens strip club, climbed into a gray Nissan Altima with two friends who had been celebrating with him - and died in a hail of 50 bullets fired by a group of five police officers.
The shooting shocked the city and brought back memories of the deaths in other high-profile police shootings - in particular, the death of Amadou Diallo, an African peddler killed after police fired 41 shots at him in 1999. Both men were black and both were unarmed, although in both cases the officers appeared to have believed the suspect had a gun. While the death of Mr. Bell did not prompt the same levels of rage and protest as the Diallo case, it prompted unsettling questions about the changes in police procedures adopted in recent years, and about whether black men remained unfairly singled out for aggressive police action.
On March 16, 2007, a Queens grand jury voted to indict three detectives in the case, charging the two who had fired the bulk of the shots,Detective Michael Oliver and Detective Gescard F. Isnora, with first-degree and second-degree manslaughter, and the third, Detective Marc Cooper, with reckless endangerment.
(( THIS WAS ANOTHER INCIDENT WHERE COPS USE THERE AUTORITY TO THEIR ADVANTAGE AND FELL THAT THEY ARRE ABOVE THE LAW. WHY IS IT WHEN PEOPLE SEE A AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN THEY AUTOMATICALLY THINK THAT THEY ARE DOING SOME ILLEGAL OR UNPOSITIVE. SEAN BELL WAS A INNOCENT MAN WITH A GOOD HEAD ON HIS SHOULDERS. HE HAD SOMETHING GOING OR HIMSELF. A STEADY JOB AND WAS GOING TO SHARE HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITH HIS FUTURE WIFE. HE WAS ENGAGED AND READY TO START ANOTHER SPECIAL EVENT IN HIS LIFE. WAS IT OKAY FOR POLICE TO TAKE THIS INNOCENTS MANS LIFE? WAS IT OKAY FOR THEM TO ASSUME SOMTHING OF HIM WITHOUT PURE EVIDENCE, AND WAS IT NESSECARY FOR THAT MANY SHOTS RUNNING THREW SEAN BELLS BODY????
The Bronx cops grazed in a bizarre ricochet shooting have been released from the hospital, and four men involved in the incident charged Wednesday.
Narcotics Dets. Thomas Guarino and Thomas McHale were struck after a female detective fired one shot at a charging pit bull in the alley of a Fordham building Tuesday night - and the bullet ricocheted back.
A group of men, police said, surrounded two undercovers sent to Davidson Avenue to check on drugs dealing complaints.
The men, police said, mistook the cops for dealers and told them the block "is hot," and peered into an unmarked police car to prove their point. A sergeant and two detectives in that car jumped out and a chase ensued.
That's when Louis Miranda, 22, opened the door to a basement apartment and set loose a pit bull.
The female detective fired as the dog charged, the bullet piercing its paw and ricocheting after hitting a wall.
Guarino was grazed on the face and McHale on the left leg.
They were treated at Jacobi Hospital and released.
Miranda was charged with reckless endangerment and weapons possession. Three others, including two relatives, were charged with resisting arrest. A fifth person was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
BRONX COP WAS GRAZED BY A STRAY BULLET IN THE LEFT LEG AFTER SHOOTING IT A A DOG WHO WAS TRYING TO ATTACK HIM. INSTEAD OF SHOOTING THE DOG IT THEN BACKFIRED FROM OFF THE DOG RIGHT AT THE COP. DESPITE THE COP DOING THERE JOB WHICH WAS SOLVING A CASE THAT NEED TO BE SOLVED HE SHOULD HAVE WENT ABOUT TAKING CONTROL OF THE DOG IN A DIFFERENT WAY. THE DOG MAY HAVE BEEN UN TAMABLE BUT WHEN IN A ENVIORMENT THAT IS AS CLOSED IN AS THAT YOU JUST LIMIT THE USE OF WEAPONS AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.IF IT IS NOT OKAY FOR REGULAR INDIVIDUALS TO USE WEAPONS AT ANY TIME THEN COPS SHOULD FOLLOW THE SAME RULES. THEY ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW