No charges in Sean Bell shooting


    A federal court has decided that three detectives accused in Sean Bell’s shooting death will not face civil rights charges.



     

     

     

     

     

     

    A federal court has decided that three detectives accused in Sean Bell’s shooting death will not face civil rights charges.

     
    The court explained their decision in statement saying that they couldn’t punish the cops who killed Sean because of "insufficient evidence."

     
    This is the second defeat in Sean’s case as the officers accused in his shooting death were acquitted back in April 2008. News that there would again be no charges was a crushing blow to Sean’s family and friends, who held monthly vigils in his honor throughout the first trial.
     
    "My son’s dead, and they can’t do anything about it. He can’t even rest in peace,” Sean’s father William Bell told the
    New York Daily News.


    Sean’s heart-broken fiancée Nicole Paultre-Bell, however, hasn’t given up. She asserted that she’ll find another way to make them pay for her would-be husband’s murder.


     
    "Myself and my family are going to do everything possible to see that these police officers are fired," said Nicole. She and Sean were supposed to be getting married on the day he was gunned down in a hail of 50 bullets. The shooting occurred outside of a strip club in Queens, New York, during the early hours of November 25, 2006.


     
    Rev. Al Sharpton, who has continued to advocate for Sean’s family, also confirmed in a statement that this latest setback will not stop the search justice. “[I] will be meeting with the family and their attorneys upon my return tomorrow to pursue internal NYPD proceedings and the civil lawsuit,” he wrote.


     
    While the New York Police Department has not released a statement on the court’s decision, Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael Palladino said he’s “gratified” by it. 


     

     

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