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Sean Bell Justice Rally
December 22, 2007
National Action Networks
House of Justice - Harlem
106 West 145th St., at Lenox Avenue

Photographed by Angelo Rivera
Written by Wendy R. Williams

Opposite Photo: Nicole Paultre-Bell, Sean Bell's Fiancee

On December 22, 2007, Al Sharpton held at rally at the House of Justice to protest the possible change in venue of the trial of the police officers who fatally shot Sean Bell and wounded his friends (Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman) as he was leaving his bachelor party on the eve of his wedding. The police officer's were working an undercover drug sting operation at the same club that Sean and his friends were holding their bachelor party.

On hand for the rally were Sean Bell's fiancée, Nicole Paultre-Bell and Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman, who were wounded in the same incident. All were protesting the possible change of venue with the mantra that since the crime occurred in Queens, the trial needs to be in Queens. And it only takes one look at the too-old-eyes of baby Trent Benefield Jr. to realize that something needs to be done right now to change our world.

Nicole Paultre-Bell (Left of Al Sharpton), Rev. Al Sharpton,
Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield holding Trent Benefield Jr.

Rev. Al Sharpton

Rev. Al Sharpton holds Trent Benefield Jr.; Joseph Guzman in Red

Nicole Paultre-Bell and Joseph Guzman Joseph Guzman i
Paulette Paultree
(Nicole Paultree Bell's Mother)

Sanford Rubenstein, Attorney for Nicole Paultre-Bell




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