Verdict Today in Case of Man Killed by Police on Wedding Day

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

New York (AP) The long-awaited verdict in a high-profile New York City police shooting case comes this morning from a judge who heard the case without a jury.

Seventeen months after Sean Bell died in a hail of 50 police bullets, Judge Arthur Cooperman decides manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges against three police detectives.

It has been an emotionally charged case. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he's confident the city will be calm, no matter what the verdict.

Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton has been advising Bell's family. He says he expects bell's supporters to react peacefully if there are acquittals.

Bell was killed outside a queens bar on what was to have been his wedding day by undercover officers who said they were afraid a gunfight was about to break out.


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