Wednesday, January 6, 2010
NOONES ABOVE THE LAW
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????