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Rev. Al Sharpton vows to 'close the city down' after cops' acquittal in Bell trial
AP ^ | 4/25/08 | staff

Posted on 04/26/2008 7:53:51 AM PDT by pissant

They waited for hours, singing spirituals, praying and chanting for justice, but in a flash, the crowd gathered outside a Queens courthouse Friday erupted in anger and grief.

Men cursed and shouted. Women wailed and covered their faces. "Oh, no! No!" they yelled, as word spread that three police officers had been cleared of all charges in the 50-bullet shooting that took Sean Bell's life on his wedding day in 2006.

To some, the acquittal seemed like more proof that blacks can't get a fair shake in the criminal justice system.

Moments after the verdict was announced, Trent Benefield, a friend of Bell's who was wounded in the hail of gunfire, staggered down the courthouse steps with a look of angry disbelief on his face, a friend's arms tightly wrapped around his shoulders.

"Not guilty. Not guilty. It's real," he said, while dozens of people wearing Bell's face on hats, T-shirts and buttons burst into sobs.

Within an hour, the crowd of about 200 people had settled down and dispersed. Despite a few scuffles between members of the throng and police officers, no arrests were made.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who represented the Bell family, angrily denounced the verdicts on his radio show later and called on his followers to protest the outcome, but without violence.

He vowed to lead a campaign of "economic withdrawal" and civil disobedience that could include demonstrations at police headquarters and outside the judge's home.

"We are coming back to demonstrate to the federal government that New Yorkers will not take this abortion of justice lying down," Sharpton said. "We are going to close the city down in a nonviolent, effective way."

The protests were muted compared with past verdicts where officers were cleared in police shootings of black men, perhaps a result of improved race relations and the complicated nature of the Bell case.

Bell was black, but so were two of the three officers charged in the shooting, including the one who fired the first shot.

Supporters of the Bell family began arriving early at the courthouse. Few were able to get inside. Most waited in a long line on the sidewalk, leaning against police barricades.

A few carried signs reading "Justice for Sean Bell." One group held a banner proclaiming, "50 Shots. 50 More Reasons We Need Revolution."

Scores of officers wearing blue NYPD polo shirts, along with others in standard uniform, ringed the building and kept the sidewalk clear of swarming journalists.

Inside the packed courtroom, gasps could be heard when Justice Arthur Cooperman acquitted the officers. Bell's mother cried; her husband put his arm around her and shook his head. Bell's fiancee, Nicole Paultre Bell, rushed from the courtroom. Officer Michael Oliver, who fired the most shots, also cried.

Word spread immediately to the crowd outside, and the reaction was intense.

William Hardgraves, 48, an electrician from Harlem who brought his 12-year-old son and 23-year-old daughter to hear the verdict, paced angrily.

"I hoped it would be different this time. They shot him 50 times," Hardgraves said. "But of course, it wasn't."

Calvin Hunt of Harlem shared his anger.

"This was a disgrace, what happened today," he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: New York
KEYWORDS: alsharpton; obama; racebaiting; sharpton
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1 posted on 04/26/2008 7:53:51 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

“To some, the acquittal seemed like more proof that blacks can’t get a fair shake in the criminal justice system.”

Ummmm, weren’t 2 of the 3 cops black?


2 posted on 04/26/2008 7:55:21 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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To: pissant

Bring it on.


3 posted on 04/26/2008 7:55:21 AM PDT by Eurale
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To: NoGrayZone

All of them were black.


4 posted on 04/26/2008 7:56:29 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: NoGrayZone

Uncle Toms don’t count


5 posted on 04/26/2008 7:56:47 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Sharpton is going to take his show on the road to Denver this summer. Should be exciting.


6 posted on 04/26/2008 7:56:57 AM PDT by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: pissant

We are coming back to demonstrate to the federal government that New Yorkers will not take this abortion of justice lying down

The federal government??


7 posted on 04/26/2008 7:57:27 AM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: NoGrayZone
Part of the problem here is the white folks running the courts consider it little more than another "black on black" crime, and tend to be dismissive of such things.

New Yorkers are very retarded when it comes to classical race relations.

8 posted on 04/26/2008 7:57:31 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: pissant

I don’t know how this is going to sound, but I hope they do riot and give me more reasons as to why slave reparations are a joke. When they repay America for the costs incurred due to riots, then perhaps we could consider (but never grant) reparations.


9 posted on 04/26/2008 7:58:20 AM PDT by Niuhuru (Don't burn a bra, burn a feminist!)
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To: muawiyah

All of them were black.


Uh, no....


10 posted on 04/26/2008 7:59:23 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: pissant
"We are coming back to demonstrate to the federal government that New Yorkers will not take this abortion of justice lying down," Sharpton said.

Hmmmm, "abortion" of justice NOT okay but abortion of babies, a okay?

1/3 of abortions are black babies. Why on earth do they mourn the death of a thug, but not the babies?

11 posted on 04/26/2008 7:59:29 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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To: pissant

“Uncle Toms don’t count”

Oops, forgot about those UT’s.


12 posted on 04/26/2008 8:00:31 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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To: muawiyah

Notice how you don’t ever see a picture of them.


13 posted on 04/26/2008 8:00:34 AM PDT by edcoil
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To: Niuhuru

By the by, has anyone ever asked Barry his stand on reperations? When is he going to be on Fox?


14 posted on 04/26/2008 8:01:13 AM PDT by Hildy (It is our choices, far more than our abilities, that determine who we truly are. - J.K. Rowling)
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To: pissant
Damn that double jeopardy prohibition in the constitution! If it weren't for that, they could retry them until they get a politically correct verdict.

Wait, they still can! Just try them on another charge, such as a civil rights violation! Worked for the cops involved in the Rodney King case, didn't it?

15 posted on 04/26/2008 8:01:32 AM PDT by Vigilanteman ((Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud))
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To: NoGrayZone

1/3 of abortions are black babies. Why on earth do they mourn the death of a thug, but not the babies?

Sense when has anything a leftist does make sense!!!!!!!!


16 posted on 04/26/2008 8:01:36 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: pissant

>>>>Rev. Al Sharpton vows to “close the city down”

Who would notice this as any different than any other day on the roads of NYC?


17 posted on 04/26/2008 8:01:46 AM PDT by MindBender26 (Leftists stop arguing when they see your patriotism, your logic, your CAR-15 and your block of C4.)
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To: Nailbiter

I know I know, but I just watched the repeat of O’Reilly this morning and caught Laura talking about the abortion thing, I’m still cranky about it!


18 posted on 04/26/2008 8:03:20 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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To: Bosco

“Sharpton is going to take his show on the road to Denver this summer. Should be exciting.”

And Rush will get the blame.


19 posted on 04/26/2008 8:04:12 AM PDT by imskylark
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To: bill1952

I would have thought that he would have considered abortion a good thing. Poor choice of words for Reverend Al.


20 posted on 04/26/2008 8:05:37 AM PDT by gscc
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To: edcoil
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21 posted on 04/26/2008 8:07:09 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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To: NoGrayZone

More black on black crime.


22 posted on 04/26/2008 8:08:07 AM PDT by gscc
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To: pissant


23 posted on 04/26/2008 8:08:09 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: imskylark

The MSM will try their best, but when the group “Recreate ‘68” is front and center in the chaos, it will be hard.


24 posted on 04/26/2008 8:08:45 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: Niuhuru

AMEN MY BRO. On a serious note as usual the terrorists hired by AP are lieing thru there teeth go to NY Post web site for the true story. The neighbors of this illegal club in queens were complainning about the protitution drugs and gun fights so Mayor Idiot sends in the Cavalry Undercover Cops. The animals came out of the club drunk and rowdy and kicking everyones garbadge cans around and so the NYPD which was watching the place for the past month sprung into action. The animals in the car started shooting into the air ( Like most dumb arabs do ) The Police thought they were being shot at so they returned fire 2 times period. Then the driver of the suv starts the car the undercover policeman shows his badge and says stop the car they tell him to go to hell. They then attempt to run over the Policeman and the balance of the detail lets it rip at them. 32 shots later the car hits a wall and all the dead bodies fall out. 2 weeks later the race baiters start the chant “ MY PO BABY “ yea they found 8 UZI Machine Guns in the car.
But according to fatso the idiot the race baiter it was the Policemans fault.
PS all members of the detail are afro-americans. The judge was afro american and the asst da running the case were afro-american.

According to Rev Al this is a race issue. Another democrat race card user. Have no fear Rev Nancy Baby will ride to your cause. Why simple they did not comply with the new Democrat rule its okay to shoot policemen.


25 posted on 04/26/2008 8:08:50 AM PDT by straps (Off the coast of Florida is enough oil and natural gas to take care of us. Period)
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To: pissant

Al Sharpton looking to practice his rioting skills before the DNC convention in Denver!! Ping.


26 posted on 04/26/2008 8:09:12 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud Rush Conservative with no dog in the presidential race now *sigh*)
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To: pissant

I’m still waiting for OJ’s federal trial for violating the Civil Rights of Ron and Nicole.
I’m mean,would it not only be racist but unconstitutional if double jeapordy trials were reserved for accussed whites only?

Silly me,the Left owns the criminal justice system.


27 posted on 04/26/2008 8:11:19 AM PDT by Happy Rain
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To: muawiyah
New Yorkers are very retarded when it comes to classical race relations.

We've had racial intermarriage here in Gotham for more than 400 years. I literally rub shoulders with dozens of black folks everyday on mass transit. The crime rate here, regardless of race, is far below those in other US cities.

28 posted on 04/26/2008 8:12:00 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: straps

bump


29 posted on 04/26/2008 8:13:41 AM PDT by prognostigaator
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To: MindBender26

“Rev. Al Sharpton vows to “close the city down”

Suspending crack sales, home invasions, auto thefts, armed robbery, murder and rape until further notice.


30 posted on 04/26/2008 8:14:34 AM PDT by Eurale
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To: pissant
And the spiral into the African Tribal version of the American Experiment continues.

If the Feds actually continue to exercise their previous versions of double jeopardy with impunity, the level of anger in the country should be unmistakeable...

And the rest of society should act. Now. Before it becomes a "tradition".

31 posted on 04/26/2008 8:18:09 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: pissant
Where was Sharpton when OJ was acquitted?
32 posted on 04/26/2008 8:18:37 AM PDT by apocalypto
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To: muawiyah

“Two of the five officers involved were black, one was white, one was Middle-Eastern, and one was of biracial black and Hispanic origin (Haitian/Mexican).”


33 posted on 04/26/2008 8:18:48 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (I reserve the right to misinterpret the comments of any and all posters)
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To: NativeNewYorker

“The crime rate here, regardless of race, is far below those in other US cities.”

Everyone should use the New York model. Keep everyone stratified in their own neighborhoods. Blacks in their neighborhoods, Italians in theirs etc. Works well until someone gets out of line.


34 posted on 04/26/2008 8:20:11 AM PDT by gscc
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To: NativeNewYorker

Folks are too wrapped up in trying to make a living to worry about nonsense.


35 posted on 04/26/2008 8:20:26 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: apocalypto

Cheering the verdict and drinking quarts of Olde English malt liquor?


36 posted on 04/26/2008 8:20:42 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Vigilanteman
Damn that double jeopardy prohibition in the constitution! If it weren't for that, they could retry them until they get a politically correct verdict.

You haven't been paying attention, have you. It has already been done a couple of times. Successfully.

The double jeopardy prohibition is as effective as the clear language of the Second Amendment...

37 posted on 04/26/2008 8:21:50 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: pissant
If Rev Sharpton was a man of G-d,
he would be consoling the families
not inciting riots!

38 posted on 04/26/2008 8:22:29 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: Hildy

O’Bama would be one of those who owe, not one of those who receive.


39 posted on 04/26/2008 8:22:45 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: pissant

Rev. Al Sharpton is hurting the chances of Barack Hussein Obama. Just as whites were warming up to BO in spite of a couple of serious flaps, there is Sharpton . . .


40 posted on 04/26/2008 8:23:37 AM PDT by apocalypto
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To: pissant

If anyone can incite a riot, Al Sharpton can. That must have been his college major.


41 posted on 04/26/2008 8:23:57 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: NativeNewYorker
That's nice.

Now tell us how you feel about double jeopardy...

42 posted on 04/26/2008 8:25:06 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: pissant

Rev. Al Sharpton vows to ‘close the city down’ after cops’ acquittal in Bell trial...

his main speaker will be tawana brawley and the big event will be in the ashes of freddy’s mart where he will call whites interlopers!!!!!


43 posted on 04/26/2008 8:26:13 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: pissant

Are these the very people that celebrated when OJ was acquitted?


44 posted on 04/26/2008 8:26:17 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Publius6961; NativeNewYorker

In this case it’s part of that grand NYC tradition of arguing about a thing until everyone gets bored and wanders away to get something to eat.


45 posted on 04/26/2008 8:27:15 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: NativeNewYorker

True,True.You just have to look at the murder rates in chicago,philly and new orleans. The media in New York was trying their best to whip-up rioting. I guess they raise their advertising rates during riots?


46 posted on 04/26/2008 8:27:58 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: NoGrayZone

“Ummmm, weren’t 2 of the 3 cops black?”

Please, don’t let the facts get in the way of a good race rant. /sarc


47 posted on 04/26/2008 8:28:17 AM PDT by Canedawg (No Che Hussein NObama, and the Hildebeast, too)
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To: windsorknot
Are these the very people that celebrated when OJ was acquitted?

I've had a couple of years' worth of popcorn waiting for the American so-called "Black Leadership" to be indicted, convicted and jailed under the RICO Laws.

Is it just me?

48 posted on 04/26/2008 8:28:55 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: muawiyah

The article says 2 of the 3 were black.

Has anyone ever calculated how many black lives the NYPD saves in a given year by risking their own lives to apprehend criminals in black neighborhoods? We only hear when officers kill a black. Of course, any such acknowledgement would cut into Sharpton’s money machine and camera time.


49 posted on 04/26/2008 8:29:07 AM PDT by EDINVA (Proud American for 23,062 days.... and counting!)
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To: Dr. Ursus

The last riot NYC had was the Hasidim. I believe they set a cardboard box on fire.


50 posted on 04/26/2008 8:32:13 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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