Through The Static

April 25, 2008

Sean Bell Verdict — Not Guilty (read: GUILTY)

Filed under: Government,Politics,Race,World News — bobbleheadedbob @ 7:41 am

Not shocked, but this makes me so damn sad and angry all the same.

From NYT <– though not my favorite news source :

Three detectives were found not guilty Friday morning on all charges in the shooting death of Sean Bell, who died in a hail of 50 police bullets outside a club in Jamaica, Queens.

Justice Arthur J. Cooperman, who delivered the verdict, said many of the prosecution’s witnesses, including Mr. Bell’s friends and the two wounded victims, were simply not believable. “At times, the testimony of those witnesses just didn’t make sense,” he said.

3 acquittals following 50 bullets doesn’t make any sense. Can anybody explain to me how this makes any sense at all?

The verdict comes 17 months to the day since the Nov. 25, 2006, shooting of Mr. Bell, 23, and his friends, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, outside the Club Kalua in Jamaica, Queens, hours before Mr. Bell was to be married.

It was delivered in a packed courtroom and was heard by, among others, the slain man’s parents and his fiancée. The seven-week trial, which ended April 14, was heard by Justice Cooperman in State Supreme Court in Queens after the defendants waived their right to a jury, a strategy some lawyers called risky at the time. But it clearly paid off with Friday’s verdict.

Before rendering his verdict, Justice Cooperman ran through a narrative of the evening, and concluded “the police response with respect to each defendant was not found to be criminal.”

So who, exactly, are the real criminals? Sean Bell’s death was no accident. Nobody accidentally fired a gun. Nobody accidentally killed someone. This was no slip of the finger, no trip of the trigger. You let loose 50 bullets, chances are that you’re going to hurt somebody. You let loose 50 bullets, chances are that you’ve committed a crime. Oh wait — unless you’re a cop.

“There are no winners in a trial like this,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said later. “An innocent man lost his life, a bride lost her groom, two daughters lost their father, and a mother and a father lost their son.”

The mayor continued: “Judge Cooperman’s responsibility, however, was to decide the case based on the evidence presented in the courtroom. America is a nation of laws, and though not everyone will agree with the verdicts and opinions issued by the courts, we accept their authority.”

There are no winners. Unless you’re a cop, an officer, an overseer. I can’t say I’m particularly surprised. The police function as a part of this criminal justice system, so who will the criminal justice system protect in the overseeing of this Sean Bell case? Yes, Bloomberg, America is a nation of laws. Unfortunately.

Look — who creates these laws? And who do these laws serve and protect? If these laws function to serve and protect those who are being PAID not to serve and protect, but to slay and correct — how can they have the audacity to expect for anybody outside the criminal justice system to accept their authority?

The slain will not stand corrected, cannot stand corrected. Especially when tossed into a body bag loaded with mangled flesh and bullets. Another piñata to paraded around to regulate and subjugate the wrong peoples.

Yeah, Officer, from Overseer. You need a little clarity? Check the similarity!

KRS-ONE: Sound of Da Police

The overseer could stop you what you’re doing
The officer will pull you over
just when he’s pursuing
The overseer had the right to get ill
And if you fought back, the
overseer had the right to kill
The officer has the right to arrest
And if you fight back they put
a hole in your chest!

(KRS-One, “Sound of Da Police”)


1 Comment »

  1. Very effed up story. Not really surprised by the verdict. Anyone remember that Abner Louima case, where the NYPD shoved a plunger up some dude’s ass? Even though Louima lived, that’s one of those indefensible attacks (where the police can’t claim they felt threatened) that really show what some of the boys in blue are capable of.

    Comment by disciplepete — April 25, 2008 @ 10:43 am | Reply

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