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Arrivals for the Opening Day of the Trial of Three Undercover New York City Police Officers Charged in the Shooting Of Sean Bell
February 25, 2008

Written by Wendy R. Williams
Photographed by Angelo Rivera

Opposite Photo: Officer Marc Cooper

The Sean Bell trial has galvanized the community ever since Sean Bell was killed in a barrage of fifty bullets as he was leaving his bachelor party at a strip club in Queens on Nov. 25, 2006. Two of Bell's friends, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, were wounded but survived. New York Cool photographer Angelo Rivera has been following the shooting and the resulting indictments. Here is a link to his coverage of a rally for the victims.

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2008/January/new-york-stories_Sean_Bell_Protest.htm

This trial is not a black and white story. Two of the police officers charged are African American. The facts will come out in the trial but from what we know now, there were two groups of young men hanging in a strip club. One group was drinking and carousing (as all good bachelor parties do) and the other group was pretending to be drinking and carousing (as all good undercovers in a strip club do). And then there was an unspeakable tragedy and a young man who was celebrating his upcoming wedding was dead. And they are all so young. Looking at the faces of the victims (in the link above) and the young policemen (in this article) just breaks my heart.


Officer Michael Oliver


Officer Gescard Isnora

Here are some links to news coverage of the trial:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/26/nyregion/26scene.html
?ref=nyregion


http://www.newsday.com/news/local/crime/ny-bc-ny--policeshooting0229feb29,0,557889.story

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2008/02/29/2008-02-29_nypd_lts_shocking_recollection_at_sean_b.html

 

 


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