Skip to main content

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.

http://www.cnn.com/...
Detectives Michael Oliver, left, Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper are
accused in the 50-bullet barrage.
1 of 3

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.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site