5th Anniversary Of Police Shooting

NEW YORK (CBS 2/AP) — It’s the fifth anniversary of the Sean Bell police shooting.

Bell died on Nov. 25, 2006, in a hail of 50 bullets. He was leaving his bachelor party at a Queens strip club, just hours before he would have been married.

Three detectives were acquitted. Bell was black. The officers were black, white and Hispanic. Race was initially raised as a factor, but the case eventually focused on the use of deadly force.

Bell’s fiance, Nicole Paultre Bell, said he died because of one cop’s imagination.

“In his mind, he had a whole scenario of what was about to unfold,” she said. “It was Sean and all of the guys here celebrating a new day, a new life.”

A New York Times article recalls how the incident prompted comparisons to other high-profile police shootings. It was especially likened to the 1999 Bronx shooting of African immigrant Amadou Diallo, killed amid 41 shots.

In both cases, the officers said they believed the unarmed man had a gun.

The city agreed to pay more than $7 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by Bell’s family and two friends.

Last month, the NYPD began a departmental trial in the shooting.

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  • ezflyer13

    Still this makes the news, this worthless tribute to a person that made no impact to the world until this happened. No one really cares that this is an anniversary, it is just an annoyance that does not go away. Post some real news, not just filler material. What good has she done with that money anyway…that is the only reason she is so interested in this outcome from the start. They named a street after this thug, and yet what did he do that justified that? You have real heroes out there that get not one moment of glory and this POS, gets to have it all. Enough, stop wasting our time with an empty story.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Why only 50 bullets if you try to run over the Police it should be 100 bullets.Was this lowlife really worth 7 million .Drug dealers never live long enough to make that kind of money

  • Byrd Lena

    I totally agree. But look at this clip http://jmb.tw/5flu

  • rutabagel

    Don’t tell me Nicole doesn’t realize that this was the best thing to happen to her and the kid. Nice payday and no worries that her thug husband will beat her and no long car trips upstate to visit him in prison. Everyone wins.

    And another thing, why is this anniversary even newsworthy?

    • EasterBunny

      Why is the anniversary newsworthy?

      Because those who supposedly invented bagels^ and refer to themselves as “God’s people” run the media.

  • Jay Pee

    @ Frank
    I agree. But of course he was the baby daddy.she thinks

  • Jay Pee

    Why is she using his last name? She didn’t marry him?
    Give me a break!

  • Tyron

    It was A GREAT day for NYC, one less thug on the street. PO PO 1 Thugs 0

  • ace11

    GREAT JOB by the COPS

    the thug was bad news

  • Horror of Alcohol!!

    Fifty shots plus how ever many shots this thug and his criminal friends did in the bar. What really took his life, the fifty shots or the alcohol induced bravado he was feeling at the time. Try to run down the Po-Po and you get what you deserve, a shortend lifespan. What a shame, I’m sure he had quite a good future ahead pumping out drugs and violence to our city residents.

  • Rev Al

    One less thug on the streets. It was a good day for NYC

  • Frank

    This happened the night BEFORE the marriage , my question is how do you marry a Dead Guy ?



  • j

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    Corrupt FBI and DEA have been trying to encourage me to buy a gun. Several said that if I do not have one, I might be killed anyway and a throw-down will be planted. I WILL NOT OWN ONE!

    Reason for threat…
    I called the San Francisco Attorney General’s office to complain that corrupt FBI and DEA where fabricating evidence and stealing from me. Two weeks later my dog was poisoned to death.

    The FBI and DEA use murder to close their bad cases. That includes staged shootouts with corrupt police (Erik Scott, Las Vegas), tampering with automobiles to cause accidents and using gang members to commit murders for them.

    • Occupy-a-toilet

      yo, j, my crackhead friend, Whaaaazzzzup? WTF are you talking about?

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