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I'm sorry, I don't have a long diary to write, so as soon as someone else does I'll remove this. But this is a big story. Apparently its now legal for cops to behave as though they're in the wild west, emptying their guns into unarmed citizens and placing bystanders at risk, for no good reason other than a vague hunch that someone MIGHT be armed. Truly a sad day for New York City.

The most shocking, for me, is that they weren't even found guilty of reckless endangerment, despite the barrage of bullets fired by supposedly well-trained officers, or the bullets ricocheting off nearby subway stops as they emptied their guns, reloaded, and emptied their guns again as NO ONE FIRED BACK EVEN ONCE.

excuse my French, but WTF.

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A judge acquitted three New York Police Department
detectives of all charges Friday morning in the shooting death of an
unarmed man in a 50-bullet barrage, hours before he was to be married.
Detectives Michael Oliver, left, Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper are
accused in the 50-bullet barrage.
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Detectives Michael Oliver and Gescard Isnora were found not guilty of
charges of manslaughter, assault and reckless endangerment in the
death of Sean Bell, 23, and the wounding of two of his friends.

Detective Marc Cooper was acquitted of reckless endangerment.

Justice Arthur Cooperman issued his verdict in the bench trial. There
was no jury.

Originally posted to brooklynmatt on Fri Apr 25, 2008 at 06:37 AM PDT.

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