With calls to shut down the city, hundreds of demonstrators launched the start of what could be a long series of protests following the acquittal of three New York City Detectives in the shooting death of Sean Bell.
“What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now,” protesters chanted at a rally held in Harlem the day after the three New York City Police Detectives who shot and killed Sean Bell were acquitted of criminal charges.
“I walk in here today and I feel a lot better,” Joseph Guzman, Bell’s friend who was injured in the shooting.
The crowd supporting him filled Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network building, and spilled out onto the sidewalk on 145th St. – the new rally point for a new round of protests.
As marchers lined up outside to illustrate the 50 shots fired at Bell’s car, his fiancee, Nicole Paultre Bell promised to keep the pressure on.
“On April 25th, 2008, they killed Sean all over again. That’s what it felt like to us,” she told supporters. “Every protest, every march, every rally, I’m going to be right up front.”
The Bell family wants the three detectives who were found not guilty to be brought up on federal charges. Rev. Sharpton promised several rallies in the coming days. Organizers are compiling a list of men and women willing to participate in marches and lobby efforts. Saturday’s protest march was modest in comparison to some of the plans in the works. (MORE)