Skip to comments.No, the Cops Didnít Murder Sean Bell
Posted on 12/04/2006 12:20:29 PM PST by ventanax5
New Yorks anti-cop forces have roared back to life, thanks to a fatal police shooting of an unarmed man a week ago. The press is once again fawning over Al Sharpton, Herbert Daughtry, Charles Barron, and sundry other hate-mongers in and out of city government as they accuse the police of widespread mistreatment of blacks and issue barely veiled threats of riots if they do not get justice.
The allegation that last weekends shooting was racially motivated is preposterous. A group of undercover officers working in a gun- and drug-plagued strip joint in Queens had good reason to believe that a party leaving the club was armed and about to shoot an adversary. When one of the undercovers identified himself as an officer, the car holding the party twice tried to run him down. The officer started firing while yelling to the cars occupants: Let me see your hands. His colleagues, believing they were under attack, fired as well, eventually shooting off 50 rounds and killing the driver, Sean Bell. No gun was found in the car, but witnesses and video footage confirm that a fourth man in the party fled the scene once the altercation began. Bell and the other men with him all had been arrested for illegal possession of guns in the past; one of Bells companions that night, Joseph Guzman, had spent considerable time in prison, including for an armed robbery in which he shot at his victim.
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hahaha.. nothings faster than the American Capitalist.
Gotta love it.
It sure wouldn't be the first time the NYPD shot an unarmed man in an undercover operation gone awry. See "Diallo, Amadou" and "Dorismond, Patrick" for examples of this.
The more I hear about crime in the big cities the more I wonder what has happened to the real men in our society.
We do not tolerate this type of crap anywhere near our home in the sticks.I firmly believe if groups of men would police those city neighborhoods and take out the trash it would be cleaned up real quick.
Not necessarily. One RPG would have done the job.
The weapon was a car. Hello!!!!!
What article did you read? People get shot at all the time, because like the idiots they are, they choose to try and use their vehicle as a weapon.
No weapon found? Hell, the weapon had his fingerprints all over the steering wheel.
At any rate, there is no reason to expect anything remotely resembling "real men" in a city that was one of the first to ban smoking in private establishments and is soon going to impose dietary restrictions on restaurants, too.
(2) If Diallo had bothered to learn a few rudimentary phrases of English during his illegal stay in the US he would be in one piece today.
(3) If Dorismond had not committed assault against an undercover police officer, he would be in one piece today.
Which falsified Sharpton media event are you going to trundle out next? Eleanor Bumpurs?
We do not tolerate this type of crap anywhere near our home in the sticks.I firmly believe if groups of men would police those city neighborhoods and take out the trash it would be cleaned up real quick...
Well, you do have meth labs out in the sticks along with all varieties of growers.
Plenty of New York residents have escaped actual police states and are delighted to live in NYC precisely because it is the opposite of what they have endured.
Describing NYC as a police state is ridiculous.
Life in NYC is overregulated in a number of respects, but the rule of law prevails.
In the Diallo case it wasn't an "undercover" operation. It was the SCU street crime unit looking for a man who had committed 51 rapes in the area.
The SCU no longer exists and NYC is experiencing a rise in crime because of it.
There's more to the story than that, there was something about a prostitute and the undercover was going to arrest her outside. Also, there had been one man in the club with a gun. I don't believe he was involved in the subsequent event.
What a load of garbage.
Are you Charles Barron's press agent?
The Dorismond case was particularly instructive in the way it highlighted the potential idiocy of an undercover operation . . .
There is no way to justify a police shooting of a person who assaulted an undercover officer who tried to sell drugs to him. Remember -- the follow-up investigation of that incident revealed that Dorismond probably had no idea the guy was an undercover cop.
The reaction by the Cops is beginning to make a lot of sense IMHO.
A vehicle has been used as a lethal weapon, more than once.
In addition, the fact that constitutional rights are abrogated in New York City as a matter of course (see Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution) would seem to support my contention that the place is a police state.
Every time that happens to me, I do the same thing.
Most Americans would suggest that an armed citizenry would be a far more effective -- and constitutionally legitimate -- way of dealing with 51 rapes than a "Street Crimes Unit."
Don't confuse the anti-police folks on this thread.....with the facts!
Cops are trained to identify themselves. It causes most honest citizens to cooperate, while causing most dishonest citizens to react in an absolutely opposite manner.