That is, as long as you’re a cop. Late one night, in November of 2006, Sean Bell was leaving his strip club bachelor party in Queens. His plan was to go home, go to sleep, wake up and marry his fiance and mother of his kids. As fate would have it, three undercover New York City police officers shot at Bell and his two friends 50 (FIFTY) times as they sat in Bell’s car. Bell died from his wounds, his friends lived to tell the tale. All three men were unarmed.
A judge in Queens just found all three cops NOT GUILTY on all charges. The judge couldn’t even pin the lesser reckless endangerment charges on them. Mind you, one of the officers, Michael Oliver, shot his gun 31 times and had to reload to do it. Sounds a little reckless if you ask me. Just a smidge. Needless to say, New Yorkers were stunned by the verdict. I was astounded that those cops got off completely. Not one conviction. I’m glad there have been no riots, but I hope the brazen ridiculousness of this case will inspire people to make real changes in the NYPD and in our “justice” system.