Monday, December 4th, 2006 at 9:41 am
Following the fatal shooting of an unarmed
Police dumped a 50-shot barrage on the vehicle transporting Sean Bell and two of his friends from Bell’s bachelor party last Saturday. The 23-year-old was supposed to get married to his high school sweetheart. But hours before the wedding ceremony, he was killed when five undercover police officers fired 50 shots at a car carrying him and two friends. Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield survived the shooting but remain hospitalized. None of the victims were armed.
The shooting occurred around 4.a.m., shortly after the trio had left a strip club called the Kalua Lounge, where
Police emptied then 50 rounds on the car. One officer fired his weapon 31 times, discharging two full magazines. Police thought one of the men in the car might have had a gun, but later found no weapons.
"The one who reloaded should go before the judge and plead guilty," Nas said in a statement. "If he was a man, he would be brave enough to face the charges as a man. This brutality bullsh*t is played out with that slave sh*t. It has to end now. The cops need to be charged the way gangsters are charged."
Nas isn’t alone in his outcry. Rapper Papoose has released a mixtape track titled "50 Shots," where he laments,"No justice, no peace /Another black man shot dead on the streets," likening the incident to the fatal shooting of Amadou Diallo. On February 4, 1999, four