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Justice is blind

Posted by Media Outrage on April 25, 2008

Today another travesty of justice occurred as 3 New York Police officers were acquitted of all charges involving the murder of un-armed Sean Bell in which the cops fired 50 shots at this man on the morning of his wedding day.

Via AP:

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.

Outside the courthouse, which was surrounded by scores of police officers, many in the crowd began weeping as news of the verdict said. Others were enraged, swearing and screaming “Murderers! Murderers!” or “KKK!”

Bell, a 23-year-old black man, was killed in a hail of gunfire Read the rest of this entry »

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