Image by nickjohnson via FlickrThere were demonstrations across New York City yesterday as people took to the streets to protest the verdict in the Sean Bell case.
The three officers involved were acquitted of charges and so yet another black man lies dead at the hands of the New York police department and no one is forced to take responsibility.
Image via WikipediaThe officers,
testified that they feared for their lives after Bell and his friends got into a testy exchange with another patron outside a Queens strip club and appeared to be going to retrieve a gun; Bell’s friends testified the detectives fired wildly and without warning at Bell’s car. No gun was found with Bell or his friends.
Some will point to the fact that the men involved were not squeaky clean. However, any past infractions certainly did not warrant the action taken that night. One wonders too if the comment supposedly made earlier to a white woman would have been used as an excuse were to have been uttered to a black woman.
Perhaps this Mikhaela cartoon says it best.