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Sean Bell Protests Marchs
May 7, 2008 - May 14, 2008

Written by Wendy R. Williams
Photographed by Angelo Rivera

Sean Bell Protest March
Broklyn Bridge
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 4:25


On Wednesday May 7, 2008, the Reverend Al Sharpton led Nicole Paultre Bell (the fiancée of Sean Bell who was killed in a barrage of police bullets on the night of Nov. 25, 2006), Joseph Guzman, Trent Benefield and a large group of demonstrators to shut down the on-ramp to the Brooklyn Bridge. Guzman and Benefield were wounded in the same police shooting but unlike their friend Sean, they were lucky enough to survive. In April of 2008, New York City police officers Marc Cooper, Michael Oliver and Gescard Isnora were acquitted of all charges regarding the shooting.

According to this article in the Daily News, hundreds of protestors were arrested that day including Paultre Bell, Guzman and Benefield.

New York Cool photographer Angelo Rivera was with the demonstrators both when they gathered at 1 Police Plaza and as they blocked the access ramp to the bridge.

For additional New York Cool coverage of the death of Sean Bell and the subsequent trial, log onto these links:


Pint-sized Protestor Kathdy Reanud at 1 Police Plaza

The Reverand Al Sharpton Prior To His Arrest

Reverend Al Sharpton, Nicole Paultre Bell and Joseph Guzman
Arrive at 1 Police Plaza Prior to the March on the Bridge

The March to the Bridge

The Demonstrators Pray Just Before They Are Arrested

The Reverend Al Sharpton Is Surrounded by a Sea of Blue

The Reverand Al Sharpton Stares Down a Black Police Officer
After He Has Been Arrested and Handcuffed

The Arrests

Arrested Demonostrators Being Escorted to Police Vans

An Arrested Demonstrator

Attorney Michael Hardy Announces the Arrests

Demonstrators Await the Release of Those Arrested




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