Murdered Sean Bell with his fiance Nicole

Detectives Michael Oliver, Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper

A judge in New York has acquitted three police officers who shot dead an unarmed man hours before his wedding.

Sean Bell, 23, was shot as he was leaving a party at a strip club in the suburb of Queens in November 2006.

Two detectives, Michael Oliver and Gescard Isnora, faced charges of manslaughter. A third, Marc Cooper, had been accused of reckless endangerment.  Continue Reading….

I knew it.. I just knew those murderers would get off scott free. Sean Bell’s family were never going to see them brought to justice.

What’s a black man’s life worth? I’ll tell you what it’s worth – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!

A dog’s life is worth more than the black man’s life.

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  1. This is disgusting…its outrageous, he was shot 50 times! How can a justice system let those shooters off?? Its just unfathomable..

  2. because as janice said ‘ we are worth no absolutely nothing” in their eyes!
    i am stunned but not surprised!!!!
    as propaganda said the time for talking is long gone
    martin luther king is dead people!!!!
    this we shall over come and turn the other cheek is for muppets!!!
    planet of the apes people!!!!
    thats what it is on planet earth for US….
    simple and plain .. i welcome anyone from any background but lets be honest here!!!..

  3. No surprise for me.

    I knew they would walk.

    Black people’s lives are clearly worth less than an animal’s here in the US.

    I blame ourselves, sometimes. We project such nonsense, it’s no wonder others think so lowly of us.

    I agree w/Ty. Martin Luther King, while very necessary and a wonderful human being, had it all wrong. Malcolm X was spot on.

    The only thing these devils recognize is force and violence.

    Next time someone kills one of our own in cold blood, we need to do the same to one of theirs. Bring back the Code of Hammurabi, I say. Hundreds of years (HUNDREDS!!!) of playing ‘their’ game has gotten us nowhere, fast.

    Black men can get shot and killed, LEGALLY, for nothing. The game has changed. We need to catch up.

  4. Someone posted up an analogy comparing this travesty of justice to the 3/5 compromise, and this seems to sum up the way African-American lives are still valued far too often. I have some sympathy for cops in general, they have a tough job with tough calls, but this was just inexcusable. I have white, Latino and Asian friends backing us up on this, so this is hardly an unusual conclusion. This was, without any doubt, a horrendous act against a human being, and a decent one at that, taking care of his family. While accounts vary, Sean Bell seems to have been reasonably afraid that he was being carjacked– the undercover officer did not identify himself, and when Bell and Guzman took off like that, they were doing so in the fear that they were being attacked, not running away from an arrest. Besides, why shoot 50 times against someone who’s obviously fleeing? It’s so frustrating that this was given short shrift.

    Despite the anger we all justifiably have due to the injustice of the Sean Bell case, we need to harness this anger toward productive uses.

    If things are ever going to improve for African-Americans, we have to redouble our efforts to gain social, political and economic power here.

    Remember, time and demographics are both on our side. Whites now have a birth rate well below replacement in the USA, while the African-American population grows steadily both by natural growth and immigration from Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean. Even some Blacks immigrating to the USA from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. (BTW if any of you can speak Spanish and/or Portuguese, please encourage our Black brethren in Latin America, especially from Brazil, to emigrate to the USA. There’s strength in numbers.)

    I know Blacks and Latinos have often been at loggerheads, but we’re natural allies– both fighting against White oppression, with Latinos having been invaded in multiple wars by the Anglos in Florida, the Mexican-American War and Spanish-American War. Latinos lost half of Mexico when Anglos invaded in 1848, and were ethnically cleansed by Anglos so that they could start slavery in the conquered territories. Blacks and Latinos today are natural partners in the fight for social justice, both fighting for affirmative action and against discrimination. Spanish is an easy language to learn, and the more that we reach out to each other, speak some Spanish ourselves, and support our Latino brothers and sisters, the more our alliance is cemented.

    I’d say if anything, the key for us is to gain political power, and to do that, it’s best to concentrate ourselves geographically a bit more in a few states, where we will soon be the majority. On the one hand, we need Blacks throughout the country to demand our rights, but on the other, a better geographical focus is the key to political power, as it is throughout the world’s democratic countries.

    IOW, we need to have our own “North American Nubia” where we have a demographic majority and political power. Some Deep South States are obvious candidates– Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana for example, all of which will soon be Black-majority within perhaps a decade. This would be a core of our nation.

    But we can have a second North American Nubia (or North American Africana, whichever name you prefer) in the Upper Midwest– Michigan is one of the Blackest states in the Union, and much of Illinois is also strongly African-American in demographics, culture and social importance.

    Some of my homies from college have even urged conversion to Islam for African-Americans. It’s not something I’ve considered myself, though I’ll acknowledge that at least for many urban African-Americans, they’ve done quite well after the conversion. Many having been in jail or kept out of jail, they become more focused and disciplined, as fathers they take care of their Black children and care better for Black women, stay away from drugs and violence and so forth. (interesting link a friend sent to me– The Nubian Manifesto )

    IMHO there are many different personal routes we can take for empowerment, but as a group, we must stay strong and focused and, again, have enough of a geographic concentration that we can gain political power. Just as we should ally with Latinos as they become the majority in their own homelands in Southwestern states and Florida, so should Blacks ally with Muslims in Michigan (who will soon be the majority in that state).

    It’s obvious from our people’s history here, that we’ll survive only by standing up for ourselves. Political and economic empowerment are the central aspects of this.

  5. This is a modern day lynching and I am not surprised at the verdict.

    Sean Bell will be added to the list of many brothers who have been shamelessly killed due to excessive police brutality.

    There’s always a cover up and as long as the police continue to investigate the police there will be many more.

    This is 2008 and we are no further forward, it’s absolutely disgusting.

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