Three NYPD Officers Cleared In 50-Shot Death Of Groom:
NEW YORK - Three detectives were acquitted of all charges Friday in the 50-shot killing of an unarmed groom-to-be on his wedding day, a case that put the NYPD at the center of another dispute involving allegations of excessive firepower.
Justice Arthur Cooperman delivered the verdict in a Queens courtroom packed with spectators, including victim Sean Bell's fiancee and parents, and at least 200 people gathered outside the building.
The verdict provoked an outpouring of emotions: Bell's fiancee immediately walked out of the room. His mother cried. Gasps were heard throughout the room. Shouts of "No!" and "Not guilty!" erupted in the crowd outside the courthouse, and dozens of people began crying.
Bell, a 23-year-old black man, was killed in a hail of gunfire outside a seedy strip club in Queens on Nov. 25, 2006 — his wedding day — as he was leaving his bachelor party with two friends.
Not quite sure why my friend Al Sharpton was there as two of the accused officers were African Americans. Outside the courtroom, complete chaos as large groups of supporters wander around aimlessly. The 'demeanor of the witnesses' is what led to the acquittal. The judge in this case had to take the word of NYPD officers with clean records over club-going hoodlums with criminal records. Al Sharpton is going to have a field day with this one.