A Little Bit of Justice

Posted: May 27, 2008 in Hip Hop (No Sucka Shit)

The three cops cleared of killing Sean Bell on his wedding day – and four others involved in the tragic shooting – are now facing New York Police Department disciplinary charges, reports the NY Daily News.

Detectives Marc Cooper, Gescard Isnora and Michael Oliver, who were acquitted on April 25, are each accused of firing their weapons outside of NYPD departmental guidelines – charges that could result in their being fired, according to police officials.

Rev. Al Sharpton, who has organized city-wide protests in reaction to the criminal acquittal, is demanding that the Justice Department try the three cops for violating Bell’s civil rights. He called the internal charges “a step in the right direction.”

“That’s good news,” Bell’s father, William, said last week. “On a gloomy day like today, I need some good news.”

The detectives continue to received support from a local detectives union. “We will vigorously defend them in the NYPD trial room as we did in Queens court,” Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association said.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has said the department will wait until the feds complete their probe of the shooting before moving forward with internal action.


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