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Why Some Believe . . . NYC’s Finest Have Fallen?

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It was as if a million souls cried out in unison. The verdict had been handed down in the shooting death of Sean Bell. The three officers had been acquitted. I didn’t realize what was going on, until I happened to overhear several phone conversations.

The rancor with which the men spoke—— clearly depicted that they thought this was 1999 all over again.

Different victim . . . same results.

They didn’t question how could this happen. They simply stated the obvious . . . at least, the way they saw it.

New York City was hell-bent on annihilating Black Men.

This view can be interpreted in so many ways . . . but nothing to the extent of a racial killing. Two of the officers involved in the shooting of Mr. Bell were also African-American.

The truth concerning the events of that ill-fated night, perhaps will never be truly known. The different accounts by both sides, makes it increasingly difficult to understand what really happened.

The defense chose to paint the men has drunken thugs . . . while prosecutors portrayed the officers as a frightened and disorganized group.

Was it a bachelor party gone wrong?

Was it an overreaction by police, which led to the use of excessive and deadly force?

Neither of which delves into the disturbing trend that threatens to sever the already contentious and frayed relationship . . . between NYC’s finest—— and the citizens, they have sworn to protect . . .

Bradley Booth/Freelance Commercial Writer/Author

 

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Written by BBooth

May 1, 2008 at 11:23 am

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