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Sean Bell

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2012

    Cops Fired, Forced To Resign in Sean Bell Shooting; Man Hit By L Train After Fight; No Verdict In Pena Case

    NYPD detective Gescard Isnora has been fired for his involvement in the 2006 shooting of Sean Bell. Isnora initiated the firing of 50-shots that left the unarmed Bell, who was leaving a Queens strip club, dead on what was supposed to be his wedding day. Two other officers who fired shots and another ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Election Weirdness: Sean Bell's Widow vs. The Armed Jail Imam

    An intriguing City Council race is heating up in the far reaches of Southeast Queens, where special election will be held on November 2. The six-way race to fill a seat left vacant by late City Councilman Thomas White Jr. pits Sean Bell's widow Nicole Paultre Bell against a popular Rikers Island ja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Sean Bell Case: Feds Say No Charges, End Probe

    Sean Bell and fiance Nicole Paultre Bell.The federal government says it won't charge anyone and is ending its investigation into the death of Sean Bell, who was killed in November 2006 by NYPD cops the night before his wedding in a barrage of bullets outside a Queens nightclub. The investigation is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Judge: NYPD Must Give Up Race Data on Cop Shootings

    ​While the city council debates the naming of a street after Sean Bell, several other black people shot at by cops are turning up in the news. The New York Civil Liberties Union has been asking the NYPD for police shooting data broken out by the race of the victim. Supreme Court Judge Joan A. ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 17, 2009
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    August 13, 2009

    Aborn, Endorsed By Sean Bell's Parents, Said in 2008 Cops' Not-Guilty Verdict "Justified" (Updated)

    Given that Sean Bell's parents endorsed gun control advocate Richard Aborn for Manhattan District Attorney yesterday, we thought it was worth revisiting Aborn's statements about the Sean Bell case. What we found was interesting: Back when Aborn, a former Manhattan prosecutor, was head of the non-p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Sean Bell's Parents Endorse Aborn for D.A.

    ​The parents of Sean Bell, an unarmed man whom police fatally shot on the night of his bachelor party in 2006, endorsed Richard Aborn for Manhattan District Attorney today. In a press release put out by the campaign, Bell's parents said they threw their support behind Aborn after learning of h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Bloomberg Cautious in Remarks on Off-Duty Police Shooting

    When police officers in Brooklyn fired 50 shots and killed unarmed Sean Bell in November, 2006, Mayor Michael Bloomberg bluntly said the police used excessive force. "I can tell you that it is to me unacceptable or inexplicable how you can have 50-odd shots fired, but that's up to the investigation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    Sharpton Guilty, Sentenced to Time Served

    Al Sharpton's disorderly conduct trial, obtained for his civil disobedience (blocking the Brooklyn Bridge) during the Sean Bell verdict protests last May, has resulted in a guilty verdict. But the Reverend was sentenced to time served (Sharpton spent five or six hours in jail after his arrest), so S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2008

    The NYPD's Post-Sean Bell Firearms Study Ignores Race; RAND is Sorry

    Six weeks after Sean Bell, an unarmed black man, was shot to death in a 50-shot fusillade of police bullets in the fall of 2006, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly held a press conference to announce he was hiring RAND Corp. to undertake an assessment of the NYPD’s weapons use and firearm training ... More >>

  • News

    June 3, 2008

    After the Sean Bell Case, Bloomberg Still Starves the NYPD Watchdog

    The mayor boasts about bolstering the CCRB—while slashing its budget

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2008

    Sean Bell and Anonymous Protesters Join Forces in Midtown

    The YouTube video doesn't embed, but as you can some from the above screen grab, the Black Panthers briefly joined forces with Anonymous last Saturday. Only in New York, kids, only in New York. Causes collided in Times Square this past weekend when Sean Bell protesters glimpsed an Anonymous member ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    The Word 'Maintain' Causes Mike Bloomberg Great Pain

    From the Observer's Politicker blog comes this video of Mayor Bloomberg going somewhat apoplectic when Newsday reporter Michael Frazier uses the word "maintain" in a question about the Sean Bell case. "Maintain is a word that I don't think is appropriate, sir," Bloomberg said. "The next time you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    Scenes from the Sean Bell Protest

    Cary Conover captured some powerful images from the Sean Bell protests yesterday, including this photograph of the hands of the father of Nicole Paultre-Bell as an NYPD bus got ready to pull away from the Brooklyn Bridge. Check here for a full gallery of Conover's shots.

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2008

    Sharpton, Nicole Paultre Bell Among Scores Arrested at Sean Bell Protests

    UPDATE: 6:30 by Sean Gardiner and Michael Clancy Photos by Cary Conover The Rev. Al Sharpton, Nicole Paultre Bell, Joe Guzman and Trent Benefield were among scores of people arrested at a series of demonstrations throughout the city protesting the acquittal of three cops charged in the fatal sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008
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    April 30, 2008

    Critical Mass: More Fun Without Police!

    Whether out of preoccupation with the acquittal in the Sean Bell trial or some other reason, the New York Police Department decided to totally skip out on harassing the April Critical Mass ride. Recently two new videos have emerged online documenting police harassment of photographers, and acts ... More >>

  • News

    April 29, 2008

    What Sean Bell's Legacy Needs To Be

    A permanent, independent prosecutor to handle police crimes

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2008

    UPDATE: Sean Bell Cops Not Guilty on All Counts As City Reacts

    UPDATE: 11:18 am By Sean Gardiner and Michael Clancy The three detectives charged in the shooting death of Sean Bell, gunned down outside Club Kalua in a hail of 50 NYPD bullets on the eve of his wedding, walked out of court free men this morning as Justice Arthur J. Cooperman returned a verdict of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2008

    Countdown to the Sean Bell Verdict

    The timing of the verdict in the Sean Bell case (which, by the time you read this, will probably be handed down) puts the papers at a bit of a loss. There's very little new "news" to report for today's editions, but the event needs to be acknowledged. Add to it that the "VERDICT" issues of the paper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2008

    Feds Pledge Bell Shooting Probe and Sharpton Promises Hit-and-Run Protests As Cops Walk

    By Sean Gardiner and Michael Clancy The three detectives charged in the shooting death of Sean Bell, gunned down outside Club Kalua in a hail of 50 NYPD bullets on the eve of his wedding, walked out of court free men this morning as Justice Arthur J. Cooperman declared them not guilty on all counts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    The Impending Sean Bell Verdict

    Tomorrow morning, Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur Cooperman will render his verdict in the Sean Bell "50 Shots" trial. The NYPD has mobilized and will not allow any officers to have time off during the next four days in case of widespread protest regarding Cooperman's decision. The Post frames t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2008

    Thug Life: The Unsympathetic Sean Bell Witness and the "Harlem Lawyer"

    Yesterday's testimony in the Sean Bell "50 Shots" trial by Bell pal Joseph Guzman was a fireworks display that allowed the media to unleash all their favorite ghetto tropes, including drugs, the "stop snitchin'" culture and "the one who made it out." Guzman may have been testifying for the prosecuti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008

    High Times at the Sean Bell Trial (Plus Other April Fool's Madness)

    Missing from the front pages, but given heavy coverage in both papers is the testimony of Sean Bell's pal Trent Benefield. Benefield was shot three times the night Bell was killed and testified that he had no idea that the people shooting at him were cops. Benefield gets the "unreliable witness" t ... More >>

  • News

    April 1, 2008

    Dread and Circuses at the Brooklyn Museum

    Police give local artist the reaction he was angling for

  • Voice Choices

    April 1, 2008

    Raising Bell

    Advocate for victim's family tries to get the word out at murder trial's press conferences

  • News

    April 1, 2008
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    March 25, 2008
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    March 20, 2008

    The Hooker and Mistress Report: March 20

    OK, this is just getting ridiculous. The New York Post has completely embraced becoming a high-school gossip rag with its front page today. You can hear the buzz in the hallways: "Ooh, I heard that so-and-so is going to get it after the final bell!" The "HUBBY FURY" on the front page is just another ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2008

    TABLOIDED: Patrick Swayze's Cancer Diagnosis

    As the old adage says, don't believe everything you read or hear. That seems to be the theme of today's big story: the revelation that actor Patrick Swayze has pancreatic cancer. The National Enquirer (the connotation of "tabloid" if there ever was one), broke the story yesterday, reporting that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2008

    TABLOIDED: Hill and Obama's Last Dance?

    The end, it would seem, is drawing near for the Hillary versus Obama storyline, and so we have both New York City tabs giving the narrative its proper last hurrah. The Post goes to its trusty Photoshop department and gussies up the candidates like a pair of high plains drifters for its cover. The ... More >>

  • News

    March 4, 2008

    The Sean Bell Curveball For Cops on Trial

    Prosecutors' 'acting-in-concert' theory in chaotic shooting of Sean Bell misses the mark, observers say

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008
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    February 28, 2008
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    February 27, 2008

    TABLOIDED: Clinton and Obama Face Off

    Last night's Democratic debate in Ohio dominates today's tabloids, and with good reason. Chances are that next week's primaries in Texas and Ohio could be Hillary Clinton's last stand, and she is obviously drowning, not waving. Daily News columnist Michael Goodwin accuses Clinton of "too much whinin ... More >>

  • News

    February 26, 2008

    Jury's Already Out on Sean Bell Case

    Surveying a behind-the- scenes pretrial skirmish

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2007
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    March 16, 2007

    Indictments for Three 50-Shot Cops

    (Friends and family of Sean Bell have kept a vigil outside the police precint. Slideshow by Edgar Mata) The Queens grand jury in the police shooting of the unarmed Sean Bell is set to indict three of the five cops involved, reports NY1. The station cites attorneys for the three officers. Sean Bel ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    March 13, 2007

    Cop Killers

    What a week: Badge-wearers who kill get indicted; and a nut job blows away two aspiring flatfoots

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2007

    Where Is the Rage Over Sean Bell?

    After Sean Bell was shot dead by plainclothes police officers on the day of his wedding last fall, the footsteps of a movement were felt in New York. Now it has been worn down by freezing winds, the holidays, and weeks of hoping for indictments. On Monday, some 30 members from the December 12th grou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2007

    Keeping Watch for Sean Bell

    (At the Sean Bell vigil in Queens. From a slideshow by Edgar Mata/edgarmata.com) They keep his face lit so we don't forget him. On New Year's Day, family and friends began holding a 50-day vigil for Sean Bell, the unarmed man killed by NYPD officers on November 25 outside a Queens nightclub hours ... More >>

  • News

    January 2, 2007

    Suspects as Usual

    After the Sean Bell shooting, the NYPD opened a surprising investigation—into the victims

  • Art

    January 2, 2007

    The ABCs of Knowing Your Rights

    Helping kids coexist with the police

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2006

    Sharpton's Silent March Gets Loud

    (The NYPD has been looking for a supposedly armed "fourth man" who allegedly fled the scene of the Sean Bell shooting. Survivors of the shooting have said there was no such person. Photograph by Fred Askew) A protest organized as a silent march shook the streets of New York Saturday as thousands re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2006

    They Handcuffed Sean Bell

    First, undercover police fired 50 bullets at Sean Bell and his friends. Then, they cuffed the mortally wounded Bell for his ride to the hospital. That's right. According to the lead Metro article in the New York Times today (reg. req'd.), the Finest looked at the unarmed Bell, 23, thought he was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2006

    Shooting Rally: Public Enemy No. 1?

    "The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government," or least so says the stone facade of New York County Supreme Court building as it looks down over Foley Square. Whose justice? The signs provided by ANSWER for tonight's anti-police brutality rally in the square declared "NYPD: Gui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2006

    Sean Bell Rally: Kill the Cops Who Kill Our Kids

    Members of the Bloods outside Sean Bell's funeral. Photo: Willie Davis/VerasSee slideshow: Sean Bell Goes Home and cover story, Guns Gone Wild "If you kill us, we will kill you"—that was the message cops heard from the New Black Panther Party at a rally in front of the 103rd precinct on Sat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2006
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    November 29, 2006
  • News

    November 28, 2006

    Guns Gone Wild

    NYPD gunfire goes up while crime goes down. What gives?

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