NYPD police charged with groom's death
By: Rachele Cermak
On Monday three NYPD officers were charged with the death of an unarmed black man on his wedding day in Queens on November 25.
Three of the five officers involved were accused of firing nearly 50 shots at three black men in a car outside the strip club Kalua. The victims were unarmed. Sean Bell was killed, his friends were wounded. A gun was never found. The incident outraged the neighborhood.
The eight-count indictment charges detectives Michael Oliver, who fired 31 times, and Gescard Isnora, a decorated undercover officer who fired 11 shots, with first-degree and second-degree manslaughter, Detective Marc Cooper, who fired four shots, faces a misdemeanor endangerment charge, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Sean Bell was with two other friends leaving his bachelor party. Undercover police in the nightclub claimed to have overheard a conversation between the men about retrieving a gun from their car. Also, Bell's car was thought to have hit an unmarked police car. Police opened fire because they thought someone in the car was reaching for a gun.
Rev. Lester Williams delieved Bell's eulogy on December 1, 2006 at Community Church of Christ were he was to marry his high school sweetheart.