Three NYPD detectives were acquitted today in the shooting death of an unarmed man hours before his wedding. As the verdict was read, Nicole Paultre Bell — Sean Bell’s fiancee — ran from the courtroom, saying, "I’ve got to get out of here."
Detectives Michael Oliver and Gescard Isnora were found not guilty of charges of manslaughter, assault and reckless endangerment in the death of Sean Bell, 23, and the wounding of two of his friends.
Justice Arthur Cooperman said he found problems with the prosecution’s case. He said some prosecution witnesses contradicted themselves, and he cited prior convictions and incarcerations of witnesses.
The announcement immediately sparked anger among some in the crowd outside the courthouse, but the protests were generally orderly.
One woman shouted at a black police officer, "How can you be proud to wear that uniform? Stand down! Stop working for the masters!"